The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to stop what it described as, the harassment of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, over his recent interview with ‘Nigerian Info’ 93.3FM radio station.
In a statement by its National President, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, on Sunday, the MBF said that it is worried that after appearing before the secret police twice without a fail, another invitation was issued to Dr Mailafia on Friday August 21, 2020, by the Nigeria Police requesting him to appear before them tomorrow, Monday August 24, 2020, in Abuja.
The MBF, therefore, said: “We call on both the DSS and the Police to stop further harassment of Dr. Mailafia and concentrate on their core mandates of securing lives and property of citizens.
“We condemn a situation where the police are simply engaged in persecuting those who are raising their voices to call the attention of Nigerians and securities agencies to the real enemies of our nation.
“In exposing the sinister plot of our enemies, Dr Mailafia has not committed any crime. What the security agencies should do now is to thoroughly deploy Mailafia’s disclosures and bring to an end the devious plans of destroying our country.
“We call on all patriotic Nigerians to rise up and mount pressure on security agencies to stop further assault on Dr. Mailafia who has truly demonstrated his patriotism to his Fatherland as contained in his disclosures.”
While calling on the security agencies to channel their energies in stopping the ongoing killings of innocent Nigerians in rural areas across the North Central region and the nation at large, the MBF said: “In what may be seen as subtle acts of intimidating alternative voices, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, was also a guest of the secret police in Abuja last Monday where he was grilled over his media interview in which he was quoted to have called for self-determination for Nigerians.
“Looking at the travails of both Rt. Hon Na’Abba and Dr. Mailafia in the hands of security agencies over their comments on national issues, there seems to be a deliberate ploy to stifling alternative voices.
“As a Forum representing all ethnic nationalities in the North, for which the Oxford Economist is a member, we call on the police to stop further harassment of both the former Speaker and ADC presidential candidate whose comments were only meant to serve as wake-up calls for the nation’s security agencies to tackle the raging insurgency and grave insecurity shredding our country.
“The MBF is in constant touch with Dr Mailafia since his ordeal in the hands of the DSS, and are completely kept abreast of the matter.
“As a Forum, we are worried that there are attempts by some unscrupulous people to either change the narratives or ridicule the source of Dr. Mailafia’s disclosure as unreliable.
“The Forum wishes to declare that Dr. Mailafia’s disclosure is in tandem with realities on the ground.”