It is not understandable that two security agents can invite a citizen for question at the same time on same issue and despite court restrain; one of them is desperate to have him in their office for the third time in two months.
Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and former Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dr. Obadiah Mailifia has raised an alarm that his life and those of his family are no longer safe following the third invitation for questioning by the Department of State Security (DSS) in two months.
Dr. MaiLafia said his life and that of his family are in now in serious danger and alleged that there is a plot by some political forces to silence him forever.
“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. This is in addition to our battle in court, as my lawyer appears before a Jos High Court today Friday the 11th, seeking a restraining order against the DIG Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who are also pursuing me”, he said.
The case is scheduled to come up this Friday.
Mailifia has been invited twice by the DSS and was released unconditionally on both occasions before he was later invited by the Police for criminal investigation; an invitation he bluntly declined and headed for the court
Mailafia, who was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, 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.
The DSS on August 12 invited Mailafia to its Jos office. He was invited again on the 17th of August 2020 after he refused to back down on his claims.
The former deputy governor of the apex bank had also claimed that during the lockdown, weapons were distributed to several parts of the country, adding that terrorists had infiltrated Lagos.
He later withdrew his comment, stating that he got the information from a third party.
However, in the latest invitation letter addressed to Mailafia which he confirmed to the pressmen, 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.
In another telephone conversation with The Nation, Mailafia said it was unfortunate that 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.