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Mailafia honours DSS invitation as Northern Govs call for thorough investigation of allegation

By John Yakubu

The former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadia Mailafia, on Wednesday honoured the invitation of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) over his allegation that one of the Northern Governors is the Commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria”.

Our Correspondent reports that before his arrival at the premises of the DSS, the vicinity was besieged by his loyalists .

Dr Mailafiya, according to findings, arrived at the Plateau State Command of the DSS, Jos, along with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Pius Akubo and Plateau State chairman of Nigeria Bar Association, Saleh Bawa.

As at the time of filing this report, our correspondent reliably gathered that Dr Mailafiya is still in the custody of the DSS, where he has been since 12 noon.

In a related development, the Northern Governors Forum has called on security agencies to investigate the allegation put forward by Dr. Mailafiya that one of them is the Commander of Boko Haram.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong, stated this through his Director of Press and Public Affairs.

According to him, the Forum is concerned about the weighty allegation made by Dr. Mailafiya which he stressed must be thoroughly investigated.

The governor noted that the Forum which has been working with the Federal Government, security agencies, community, civil society, traditional and religious leaders as well as development partners to defeat terrorism, banditry and other forms of crimes in the region, finds the allegation “very weighty, hence, deserves further investigation”.

Lalong said: “We, as Northern Governors have met severally to discuss insecurity in the Northern Region and the nation at large where we did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals, but also engaged the President and all heads of security agencies in finding solutions to the problem.

“To now say that one of our members is leading Boko Haram in Nigeria is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet.

“We demand immediate and thorough investigation,” he said.

He urged Dr. Mailafiya and indeed all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and governments at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.

Written by ExpressDay


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