Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia is dead.
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Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had a conversation with one of his cousins two days before he died.
Mailafia died at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Abuja, on Sunday morning.
The cousin, who pleaded anonymity because the family did not authorise him to speak on their behalf, said when they spoke, the former CBN deputy governor explained that he was having malaria and cattarh.
He said Mailafia told him he had to switch off his main number because people were disturbing him on that line.
According to the cousin, after they finished talking, he (the cousin) wished him quick recovery and thanked him for an assistance he rendered him last week.
“Only for me to get a call today’s church service that he has passed on,” he said.
The cousin, who resides in Jos, Plateau State capital, said though Mailafia had a house in Jos, he did not reside there.
He said last year when he was offered an appointment at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru near Jos, he lived in the ancient city during the period.
It was in Jos that he granted a radio station an interview that a serving Governor was a commander of Boko Haram.
Mailafia had also alleged that during the COVID-19 lockdown, insurgents were moving and distributing arms and ammunition across the country, and that they were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.
This made the Department of State Services (DSS) invite him to its Jos office where he was interrogated thrice
He was 64.
The Department of State Services (DSS) summoned him over the allegation and interrogated him for hours before releasing him.
Mailaifa had talked on the killings in Southern Kaduna, one of the parts of the North-West region worst hit by banditry.
The interviewer had asked Mailaifa if the government was unwilling to protect the people of Southern Kaduna, to which he replied that some residents believed the government was sponsoring the killers.
Dr Mailafia said, “Some of us also have our intelligence networks. I have met with some of the bandits; we have met with some of their high commanders – one or two who have repented – they have sat down with us not once, not twice.
“They told us that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram and the bandits are one and the same. They have a sophisticated network. During this lockdown their planes were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.
“They were moving ammunition, moving money, and distributing them across different parts of the country.”