The Department of State Services flinged at Dr Mailafiya, an ex-Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) saying over his comments on the currently ongoing Southern Kaduna wrangles, saying “you abandoned your office” and his personality.
The DSS, made the claim in a statement which was signed by Dr Peter Afunanya, their Spokesman, on Friday morning, which stated that it was disappointed that the renowned economist that has unstoppable access to many government platforms to share his concerns and security information decided to pass the boundaries of quietness expected of that kind of person.
The DSS stated: “Mailafiya, as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and now, a Directing Staff at Nigeria’s foremost Policy Research Institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has unblocked access to government platforms. It is expected that he should be conversant with official information management protocols.
“But sadly, he opted to pass the boundaries of decorum and conduct expected of a personality of his official status. It is disappointing that he never took good use of these to get to any of the security or related agencies to share the 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 spoke to bring the people under his control.
“It is even more condemnable that Mailafiya, who had apologized during his visit to the Service’s Plateau State Command for his statement, would, afterwards, announce to the world that he stood by his misguided error.
“However, the Service also wishes to warn others, who in the pretence of political mobilization and supposed pursuit of group interests, engage in hostile and subversive activities, to desist forthwith from advancing their inimical and parochial causes.
“In line with its mandate of detecting and restricting threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria, the Service hereby reiterates its previous warning that it will henceforth not tolerate any unruly conducts of persons and groups that ought to know better.
“In this regard, it will not hesitate to, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with such persons and/or groups, no matter how highly placed, that may wish to test its resolve. It will, nonetheless, continue to give support to participatory democracy in the country and therefore encourages all players to abide by the rules of the game.
“On the other hand, the Service implores law abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses without fear. It assures them of protection and promises to increase existing measures designed to achieve this objective,” the service stated.