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Tension as police invite Mailafia to Abuja after DSS encounter


There is mild apprehension among friends and relatives of former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, as police authorities invites him to Abuja for interrogation.

Dr. Mailafia is to appear at the Police Headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

The invitation was contained in a letter signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin) Umar Sanda, on behalf of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja.

The letter, reference number 3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/VOl.245/8, was dated August 20, 2020.

It was titled, ‘Re: Investigation Activities, Police Investigation’, and was marked ‘confidential’.

A source close to Mailafia, who spoke on condition of anonymity, drew the attention of ElombahNews to the letter.

The source wondered why the invitation shortly after he was twice interrogated by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Jos.

According to the letter, Mailafia is requested to be at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Complex, Garki Area 10, on Monday, August 24, 2020 by 11am.

The invitation, it was learnt, is not unconnected to the recent comment the former banker made during a live interview with a Lagos-based radio station.

In the interview, Mailafiya had alleged that an incumbent governor of a northern state is the leader of the Bioko Haram terrorists group.

He also spoke about the massacre by Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna.

He blamed the Federal and Kaduna State governments for doing too little or nothing to stem the growing insecurity in the region.

Mailafia said he got the information from some repented former Boko Haram fighters.

Consequent upon the interview, the Department of State Services had invited him twice for interrogation.

The police investigation is coming despite the separate investigation of DSS operatives.

The letter reads in part: “We wish to inform you that this office is investigating a case in which your name featured prominently.

“In light of the above, you are invited to in an interview with the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, FCID Abuja, through the undersigned on Monday, August 24, 2020 by 11am at Room 407, 3rd Floor, FCID Complex, Area 10, Abuja.

“Accept the assurances of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, FCID.”

Mailafia was the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADP) in the 2019 presidential election.

He is currently a member of the Directing Staff of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) located in Kuru.

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