Protesters outside DSS premises in Jos, Plateau State as Obadiah Mailafia was being grilled by the Service over claims on Boko Haram

BY CHAMBERLAIN ODEY, JOS – Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections, Obadiah Mailafiya, has been released by the State Security Services (SSS) after spending almost seven hours in their custody.

Mailafiya, a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor had arrived at the Plateau State office of the Service at 12noon to honour an invitation and answer questions in relations to his recent claims concerning the notorious insurgent gang, Boko Haram.

Forefront gathered that he left the State SSS headquarters in Jos at exactly 6.43 pm to the waiting embrace of his family members and supporters who had kept watch around the Security service premises.

According to competent sources, Mailafiya’s freedom has now put to rest the growing tension and apprehension by his admirers, who had become restive and complained of being “already agitated” by the prolonged “engagement” with the men of the Service, without any sign of his regaining freedom.

An insider hinted that though the supporters of the technocrat cum politician had expressed fears and mobilized to avert any attempt to whisk him out of Jos, his lawyer and Plateau State Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Yakubu Bawa, who came out of the SSS meeting with Mailafiya earlier doused the tension with assurances that “it will soon be over, and we are coming out soon”.

Our sources confirmed that Obadiah, who is also an economist, was accompanied to the “chat” with DSS by his wife Margaret Mailafiya and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Pius Akubo also witnessed the interrogation.


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