The Department of State Services (DSS) has summoned for the third time, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.
Malaifa, a banker turned politician and Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 election, has been in and out of interrogation rooms since he granted an interview where he stated that an unidentified northern governor was the leader of the terrorist group known as Boko Haram.
On August 12 Mailaifa was guest of the DSS at the agency’s office in Jos. He was invited again on the 17th of August 2020 after he refused to back down on his claims.
Malaifa had claimed that weapons were distributed to several parts of the country during the lockdown, adding that terrorists had infiltrated Lagos, comments he later withdrew, stating that he got the information from a third party.
According to the latest invitation letter addressed to Mailafia, which was made available to journalists, the DSS did not reveal the reason for the invitation.
“It is true. I have been invited to their office in Jos. I was asked to appear at 11 am on Monday,” he told Punch.
Last month, Mailafia had approached a High Court in Plateau State for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing in a bid to prevent the police from arresting him.
However, it was learnt that the security agents were being prodded by the Federal Government to ensure that the economist is arraigned in court.
The Nation had reported that in a telephone conversation, Mailafia lamented as unfortunate how two security agencies were investigating him at the same time.
“This is one of the reasons why I am in court. I am being invited by the DSS and the police at the same time. It is an abuse of my rights,” he said.
“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,” Mailafia added.