Jonathan’s ex-CSO, Obuah says ‘I’m alive and healthy’
ERSTWHILE Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obuah , yesterday denied reports in mostly online media of his death at the hands of the Department of State Security(DSS) , saying : “I am alive and healthy.”
Sitting in armchair usually occupied by the service’s spokesperson, Obuah said he was compelled to dispel the falsehood that he died while in detention at the DSS where he is still a member of staff.
Tension had heightened Monday evening when reports on social media went viral that Obuah had died in detention at the DSS facility in Abuja.
Other reports said he had been on hunger strike since he was detained on July 16 , 2015, as a result of which he allegedly fainted, was taken to a hospital but recovered and in a stable condition.
Allowed to read from an already prepared address for just three minutes, Obua said: “This morning my attention was drawn to publications that I have died in detention. This has caused serious anxiety within the populace and I want to use this medium to tell Nigerians, members of my family and all concerned citizens that I am healthy.”
It would be recalled that one Onochie Onwuegbuna , a legal practitioner with Zeran Legal Services, claiming to represent Gordon Obuah had alleged that “Our Client is hypertensive and diabetic to the knowledge of his employers, the DSS.
“He has been on daily medications to manage these very severe ailments and since his detention, he has completely been denied access to these medications.
“Our client has also been denied access to members of his family, his doctor and his lawyers and even more worrisome is the information obtained by his family that he has not eaten or drank water ever since he was detained.”
While restating the fact that he is a member of staff of the DSS, Obua said he was being probed by the agency for his tenure as the CSO to the former President Jonathan and that Nigerians would be informed of the outcome in due course.
He also said he has not been maltreated.
“I am 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.
“So far there is no adverse situation, and I am optimistic that Nigerians would be informed in due course about the outcome of this exercise.
Once again I thank you immensely, I also want to thank the Director General for the way he has handled me from the time I came in to the present.
Nigerians should be assured that the DSS is a very responsible organisation and I believe that nothing adverse would be done to my person if I have not done anything wrong.
I thank you very much, God bless you.”
Also the lawyer had said in his statement that “the actions of the DSS and our client’s subsequent detention constitute undue harassment and gross violation of his fundamental rights to respect for the dignity of his person and personal liberty as guaranteed by Sections 31 and 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” and his immediate release.
Interestingly, the moderator, also an official of the DSS insisted Obuah must not take questions from journalists.
A visibly fatigued Obuah, putting up a brave face said: “Let me say that ‘Once a scout is always a scout’ the saying of a former Governor of Rivers State, Chief Alfred Diete Spiff . I am a member of staff of the DSS and still in service and I have limitations on addressing the press, so please I crave for your understanding in this regard”, he said.