The Department of State Services (DSS) has claimed that comments made by former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, were false, and he had since apologized.
The Agency also claimed that he was ”playing to the gallery and creating unnecessary tension”.
In a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunanya, the DSS said Mailafia had apologized for his comments on the leadership of Boko Haram during questioning.
The statement read, “With the latest occurrences in the country, Nigerians may have no reason to doubt the service’s earlier pronouncement.
“Dr Obadiah Mailafia’s recent outburst aimed at playing to the gallery and creating unnecessary tension is a confirmation of his group’s desperation to breach the peace.
”But regrettably, he chose to cross the lines of decorum and conduct expected of a personality of his status.
“It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so-called information at his disposal.
“This, he has agreed to be a grievous error on his part. It, however, suggests his mischief and determination to use the fake news he spewed to incite the people under his control,
“It is even more condemnable that Mailafia, who had profusely apologised during his visit to the Service’s Plateau State Command for his ignoble statement, would, afterward, announce to the world that he stood by his misguided eruption.”
Mailafia was credited with saying a northern governor is a commander of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, a claim which earned him a DSS invitation, and a N5m fine for Nigeria Info 99.3FM, for airing the controversial comment.