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Jonathan’s CSO: ‘I’m Hale And Hearty’

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 6:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi, Abuja


Chief Security Officer (CSO) to  former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obua, has debunked his rumoured death in detention at the  Department of Security Service (DSS) where he has been undergoing interrogation.

He also denied being in detention at the DSS, claiming instead that he was only giving account of his stewardship on his duty post with the former President to his employers, the DSS.

Speaking at the DSS headquarters in Abuja at a press conference, Obua, refuted his rumoured death or ill-health  saying he was “hale and hearty.”

He thanked the Nigerian public for their concern and  expressed confidence in the ability of the DSS to protect his life, just as he denied being detained by the secret police saying, “I am in safety custody of the DSS, my employer for now.”

“I am a staff of DSS and, having completed my tenure as the CSO to the former President, the Service now said I should come and give account of my stewardship as the former CSO to the former President, which is what I have been doing for the past six days,” he said.

Obua, who looked frail, was, however, barred from answering questions form journalists, for security reasons.

He explained that he was still a staff of the DSS and as such had limitations to speak with the press.

Pressed to reveal what he was going through in the custody of the DSS, he said the spirit of secrecy and loyalty to the service would not allow him do that.

“Once a Scout, always a Scout. I’m still in Service and I have a limitation to speak with the press,” he said.

The former CSO thanked his family and the general public but stressed that he was in good hands.

“This morning, my attention was drawn to a publication in the media that I was dead in detention. This has caused a lot of anxiety. I wish to state that I am hale and hearty, there was nothing like that.

“While I am here, I which to thank the Director-General of the service for the way he has handled me since my arrival. Nigerians will be duly informed of all that transpired.

“The Service is a very serious and responsible organisation, there is nothing adverse that will happen to me while in the custody of the Service,” Obua said.