Human Right Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged the Nigerian Security Agents to desist from unnecessarily harassing the former Deputy Governor of the CBN, Obadiah Mailafia.
The rights group made the call in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.
HURIWA called on the Inspector General of Police and other relevant security agencies to act on the information revealed by Mailafia during his latest interview which led to widespread discussions in Nigeria.
Mailafia had alleged that certain repented terrorists told him that a certain Northern Governor is the commander of Boko Haram.
HURIWA said, ”The DSS had on 12th of August issued an invitation to Dr Mailafia to report to their Jos Area office the next day being 13th August 2020, a meeting that eventually saw the ex CBN banker interrogated for 6 hours before he was released on bail.
”On the 16th of August 2020, the DSS issued another invitation to Mailafia who reported at the Jos Area office of the DSS on the 17th of August 2020. The meeting lasted for approximately 40 minutes and the Oxford-trained Economist was released.
”On the 22nd of August, the Nigerian Police which should be working hand in hand with the DSS issued another invitation to Mailafia via the office of a DIG Force CID to report to the force Headquarter Abuja on 24th of August 2020 for another round of interrogations.
”Even though Mailafia didn’t honor the police invitation after his lawyers obtained a court injunction, HURIWA is worried that the invitation of the police amounts to harassment and violation of the rights of Mailafia considering the fact that the DSS, a federal intelligence service is already investigating the issue.
HURIWA called on the Inspector General of Police to stop any further invitation and instead dig deeper using the information provided by Mailafia to unravel the Governor and any other persons involved with the terrorists.
The group also queried why no single terrorist has been prosecuted and convicted for terrorism under this administration, but law-abiding citizens who speak against the activities of these terrorists and government’s lackadaisical handling of the situation are hunted down for arrest and sometimes incarceration.
It, therefore, urged the Nigerian government to protect Dr Mailafia from threats and persecution.