Wednesday, 22 July 2015

DSS releases Obuah, former President Jonathan’s CSO from detention

After spending about six days in detention, the Department of State Services has freed Gordon Obuah, the Chief Security Officer to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former CSO was said to have been released late in the night on Tuesday.

It would be recalled that Obuah was presented to the media on Tuesday where he dispelled speculations that he died in detention.

He told media representatives at the event that he was being debriefed by the agency after completing his tour of duty at the Presidential Villa.

There had been reports that Obuah’s detention was in connection with investigation into security vote spending, alleged financial mismanagement and money laundering at Aso Villa under his watch as CSO.

The DSS operative who suffers from diabetes and hypertension took ill on Monday and was reportedly treated at a hospital.

His ill-health spawned speculations that he might have died in custody, prompting the management of the DSS to hurriedly organise a press conference to debunk the rumours and anxiety.

Obuah had told journalists that he was alive and healthy, adding that the DSS management treated him well.

“This morning, my attention was drawn to the fact that I have died in detention. This has caused serious anxiety in the public. I want to use this medium to tell Nigerians, members of my family and all concerned citizens that I’m healthy. I’m a staff of the Department of State Services and having completed my tour of duty as the chief security officer to the last President, the service feels that I should give account of my tenure,” he had said.

The DSS could not be reached for comment on Wednesday as it has yet to appoint a spokesperson.

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