Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
The Nigeria Police Force has invited a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, following comments he made in an interview recently.
The police probe comes despite a separate investigation of the former CBN governor by the Department of State Services.
In an invitation letter addressed to Mailafia, however, the police did not reveal the reason for the invitation.
The letter was signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin) Umar Sanda, on behalf of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja.
In the document with reference number 3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/VOl.245/8, dated August 20, 2020, the police asked Mailafia to be at the Force Criminal
Investigation Department Complex, Garki Area 10, on Monday, August 24, 2020 by 11am.
The letter titled, ‘Re: Investigation Activities, Police Investigation’, was marked ‘confidential’ and stated that anyone who disclosed the content of the letter risked being prosecuted for breaching the Official Secrets Act.
The letter stated that we “wish to inform you that this office is investigating a case in which your name featured prominently.
“In light of the above, you are invited to (have) an interview with the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, FCID Abuja, through the undersigned on Monday, August 24, 2020 by 11am at Room 407, 3rd Floor, FCID Complex, Area 10, Abuja.
“Accept the assurances of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, FCID.” Mailafia, who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the last election, has been facing investigation by the Department of State Services following an interview he granted a radio station, Nigeria Info 99.3FM wherein he stated that an unidentified northern governor was a Boko Haram commander.
The former CBN governor, who holds a doctorate from Oxford University, United Kingdom, said he got the information from some former Boko Haram fighters. He, however, later backed down on his comments.
Mailafia is currently a Directing Staff at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
When contacted on the telephone on Friday, he refused to speak with Saturday PUNCH and directed this reporter to his lawyer.