After his release from detention by the Department of State Security, DSS, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Chief Security Officer, CSO, Mr. Gordon Obua, is lying critically ill at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Nigerian Pilot learnt yesterday that Obua’s condition is so bad that the family is running round for funds to fly him abroad for medical treatment.
Dependable sources hinted that Obua’s family held a meeting yesterday where they agreed to fly him abroad for better medical attention.
Obua, who was released from the DSS detention facility at its Yellow House Headquarters, Abuja, six days after he was arrested, had dispelled rumours of his death, when the agency brought him to a guided press conference.
But Nigerian Pilot learnt that Obua, who is still in the service of the DSS, in the last couple of days, had suffered from abdominal swelling, making it difficult for him to move around freely.
Hospital officials confirmed that Obua’s condition was “critical and unchanged.”
At his home in Abuja, members of his family were seen in sombre mood.
Obua was arrested and detained on July 16 and was freed after his lawyer and some human rights organisations raised the alarm over his ordeal. They had told Nigerians that Obua was denied access to his doctor, lawyer and family members. He was also allegedly denied access to his medications for hypertension and diabetes.
But when he was presented before newsmen at the DSS conference room, he expressed surprise over the rumour of his dead.
His had said: “Gentlemen of the press, let me use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians, members of my family, and concerned citizens who have expressed very serious concerns for the past six days, because of the prevailing situation between me and my office.
“This morning my attention was drawn to a report that I have died in detention. This has caused serious anxiety within the populace. I want to use this medium to tell Nigerians, members of my family and all concerned citizens that I am healthy.
“I am a staff of the Department of State Services, DSS, and having completed my tour of duties as Chief Security Officer, CSO, 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 will be informed about the outcome of this exercise. Once again, I thank you immensely and I want to use this opportunity to thank the Director General of DSS, Mr. Mohamed Daura, for the way he has treated me from the time I came in to this period.
“Nigerians should be assured that the Department of State Services is a very responsible organisation, and I believe that nothing adverse will be done to my person if I have not done anything wrong,” he said.

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