Ex-CBN Deputy Governor raises alarm over threat to life


A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has received a third invitation from the Department of State Security (DSS) in less than two months.

He was asked to appear on Monday, September 14 by 11am.

Mailafia told The Nation on Friday his life was in danger because certain political forces were bent on silencing him.

He had been questioned by the DSS over a radio interview where he alleged a Northern Governor was Boko Haram commander.

According to him: “I have once again (for the 3rd time) been ordered to appear before the DSS at their Jos HQ this coming Monday 14th September at 11.00 am.

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“This is in addition to our battle in court, as my lawyer appears before a Jos High Court on Friday September 11, seeking a restraining order against the DIG Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who are also pursuing me.”

He said he was disgusted for being subjected to criminal investigation in Nigeria for speaking the truth having spent over 20 years teaching abroad with unblemished record.

I spent over 20 years of my working life abroad as a university teacher, banker and international civil servant with unblemished record.

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“I have no criminal record — not even a parking ticket. Sadly, it is in my own fatherland that I’m being subjected to criminal investigation and such extreme political persecution.

“Please, pray for me. I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking the truth.

“For speaking on behalf of the Holy Martyrs — of thousands of innocent children, women, elderly and youths that have been killed in our beloved country.”

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Mailafia has been on the radar of security operatives after granting a radio interview where he alleged a Northern Governor is a commander of Boko Haram terrorists.

He was invited twice to DSS and released unconditionally.

Thereafter, the criminal investigation unit of the Police asked him to appear for criminal investigation.

Mailafia declined and approached the Jos High Court seeking a restraining order against the Police.

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The matter comes up at High Court 4, Jos on Friday.


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