“I’ll never retract” – Mailafia says on allegation of Northern gov behind Boko Haram

Northern Governors Demand Probe


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Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has doubled down on his claim that a sitting governor in the north is the commander of Boko Haram.

He reiterated his claim Wednesday after his unconditional release by the Department of State Services (DSS), which had questioned him for nearly seven hours over the claim.

Speaking with journalists after his release, he disclosed that the DSS treated him with respect and decorum.

However, Mailafia insisted that he would not retract anything, noting that he was ready to die for the sake of the Nigerian people.

“If I retract anything, I won’t be able to leave this place. I am a man of peace, I am not a man of violence.

“I must never give up on Nigeria, if need be, I will die for Nigeria,” he said.

Meanwhile, the former presidential candidate arrived at the DSS office in Jos, Plateau State at 12:45 p.m accompanied by his wife, Margaret and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Pius Akubo.

Others that accompanied him were Plateau State Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Bawa and a public peace advocate, Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, among others.

The Herald can report that Rev. Para-Mallam signed for his release, which was effected around 7pm.

This is just as the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has called for a probe of Mailafia’s allegations.

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The Forum’s Chairman and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said, “We, as Northern governors, have met severally to discuss insecurity in the region and the nation at large where we did not only condemn the activities of terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, bandits 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 is a serious allegation that cannot be swept under the carpet. We demand immediate and thorough investigation.”


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