DSS dismisses Mailafia’s claim that northern governor is leading Boko Haram /

The Department of State Services (DSS) has quashed a recent claim by former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, that a Governor from the Northern part of the country is the leader of Boko Haram. 

Mailafia had left tongues wagging since he made the claim while being interviewed on a radio in Abuja on Monday. 

Commenting on the development, spokesman of the secret police, Peter Afunanya, said Mailafia’s “outburst” gives credence to the DSS’s alert “about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to cause a total breakdown of law and order”.

His words: “With latest occurrences in the country, Nigerians may have no reason to doubt the Service’s earlier pronouncement. Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya’s recent outburst aimed at playing to the gallery and creating unnecessary tension is a confirmation of his group’s desperation to breach the peace.

“Mailafiya, as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and currently, a Directing Staff at Nigeria’s foremost Policy Research Institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has unhindered access to government platforms. It is expected that he should be conversant with official information management protocols.

“But regrettably, he chose to cross the lines of decorum and conduct expected of a personality of his status. It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so-called information at his disposal. This, he has agreed to be a grievous error on his part. It, however, suggests his mischief and determination to use the fake news he spewed to incite the people under his control.”

The DSS said it was unfortunate that Mailafia would come out to say he stands by his earlier claim after his release despite admitting that he made a mistake. 

It continued: “It is even more condemnable that Mailafia, who had profusely apologized during his visit to the Service’s Plateau State Command for his ignoble statement, would, afterwards, announce to the world that he stood by his misguided eruption."

It added that it “will not stand idly and watch disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity”.