DSS gives Mailafia severe reprimand over “fake news”

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has berated former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia over a series of shocking claims he made on a radio programme earlier in the week.

He had claimed, among others, that a sitting Northern governor was the Commander of Boko Haram.

However, he was invited and quizzed for nearly seven hours by the secret police on Wednesday.

In a Friday statement, DSS said that Mailafia betrayed his office as a former CBN deputy governor and very senior staff of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru by making the claims.

The statement signed by DSS’s spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, said that as someone with access to several high-level government platforms, Mailafia should have explored the avenues instead of going to town with the claims.

The statement read, “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.

“It is even more condemnable that Mailafiya, 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.

“Similarly, the Service also wishes to warn others, who in the guise of political mobilization and supposed pursuit of group interests, engage in hostile and subversive activities, to desist forthwith from advancing their inimical and parochial causes.”

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The DSS said it would not stand idly and watch disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity.

“In line with its mandate of detecting and preventing threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria, the Service hereby reiterates its previous warning that it will henceforth not condone unruly conducts of persons and groups that ought to know better.

“In this regard, it will not hesitate to, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with such persons and/or groups, no matter how highly placed, that may wish to test its resolve.

“It will, nonetheless, continue to support participatory democracy in the country and therefore urges all players to abide by the rules of the game.

“On the other hand, the Service implores law-abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses without fear. It assures them of protection and pledges to strengthen existing measures designed to achieve this objective.”

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