Family of detained Mr. Gordon Obua, who was the Chief Security Officer, CSO to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has raised an alarm over the state of health of Obua who has been in custody of the State Security Service, SSS in the past five days.
The family has therefore demanded immediate and unconditional release of Obua and in the alternative, asked the SSS to charge him to court if he has done any wrong.
In a statement issued by a lawyer, Mr. Andrew Itsekiri Esq, who claimed to be solicitor to Obua, the family‎ accused SSS of illegally detaining the former CSO in breach of the constitution of the country.
The statement reads: ‎”We can tell the public categorically that as we write, he has not been confronted with any allegation, neither was he given an opportunity to respond to any allegation before he was taken into custody.
“His ordeal began about a week preceding his eventual arrest last week Thursday when the Director-General of the SSS, Lawan Daura, sadistically on a daily basis requested that he should report to the SSS headquarters to respond to allegations known only to Lawan Daura and which he repeatedly failed to disclose to him despite repeated demands by the erstwhile CSO.
“On each of the 7 days preceding his arrest, he would report to the SSS headquarters at about 8am in the morning and released to go back home at about 11pm without being confronted with any allegation.
“At a stage, Daura requested from him if he (Lawan) should investigate the imaginary allegation or if a junior officer should and the consistent response of the erstwhile CSO was for him to at least know the allegations if any, to enable him respond.
“Lawan Daura never confronted him with any petition until he was taken into custody when he reported last Thursday.
As we write this, nobody can access him including family members, friends and his solicitors.”
Also, a non-profit organisation, Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, ASRADI, has called on Nigerians to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to toe the path of rule of law by ordering the immediate release of Obua.
‎In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Adeolu Oyinlola, ASRADI said: “We also wish to place on record the gestapo style adopted by operatives of the State Security Service who invaded the residences of the erstwhile National Security Adviser in Abuja and Sokoto.
“We demand the immediate, unconditional release of Mr. Obuah or his swift arraignment if he has done any wrong.
“ASRADI condemns in the strongest possible terms, any attempt to grant omnibus powers to the Department of State Services, DSS. For, what is the remit of the anti-graft agencies if DSS appropriates the right to investigate suspected/alleged fraud or embezzlement?
“Why would the DSS be involved (directly or otherwise) in matters relating to petitions that are before election tribunals?”
Obua’s solicitor said information available to the family revealed that his client was being deprived of food, water and his medicines and ‘considering that he is diabetic and suffers from serious high blood pressure, it is clear that the motive of Lawan Daura is to either watch him die in detention and or torture him to admit to crimes he knows nothing about’, the statement added.
The lawyer called on Nigerians to advise Daura to release him immediately or charge him to a law court if there is a sustainable allegation against him but definitely not to detain him in the Gestapo-like fashion that is presently playing out.


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