A High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, has dismissed the application filed by ex-deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, challenging the invitation by the police.
Justice Arum Ashoms in his ruling on Tuesday dismissed the application for lack of merit and in its entirety.
He ruled that the police has the constitutional powers to investigate and invite citizens to investigate allegations especially as it bothers on security issues.
The ten applications were dismissed on the grounds that the police is saddled with the responsibility of prevention and detection of crime, apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order as well as the protection of lives and property and due enforcement of all laws and regulations by virtue of section four of the Police Act.
The responsibility of preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property, and the due enforcement of all laws and regulations by virtue of section 4 of the Police Act.
Mailafia had earlier approached a High Court of Justice in Plateau State for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing as well as challenging the invitation by the police on a matter that is being investigated by the Department of State Security Services (DSS).
This was after the police sent him an invitation following his appearance before the Department of State Services (DSS) over his comments on the security situation in the country while featuring on a radio programme.
A High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has reserved ruling on the case filed by ex-deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing as well as challenging the invitation by the police on a matter that is being investigated by the Department of State Security Services (DSS).
Justice Arum Ashoms says he will rule on the application on September 29 to determine the motion on notice filed by the applicants as well as the counter affidavit instituted by the defence.
The police had invited Mailafia to appear at the force criminal investigation department in Abuja for another round of investigation an action his legal team viewed as illegal and illogical since the matter is being investigated by the DSS.
However, the police in a counter-affidavit averred that the applicant deliberately filed the action to stop them from performing their statutory lawful duty and that he has no right to choose and select which security agency’s invitation he will honour and subject himself to for investigation and that he cannot determine which agency to investigate him.
The police thereafter asked the court to dismiss the application describing the case as an abuse of court process.
Meanwhile, the DSS has asked Mailafia to again appear at the Jos office on Monday, September 14.
The Department of State Security Services (DSS) has once again invited the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, to its office in Jos, the Plateau State Capital.
Mailafia, who was also the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) has previously been interrogated by officials of the security agencies in connection with comments he reportedly made during a radio interview about the leadership of Boko Haram.
His lawyer, Yakubu Bawa, confirmed to journalists on Friday that this is the third time Mailafia will be appearing at the DSS office in Jos.
Mailafia’s recent invitation might not be unconnected with his comments during the radio interview and his claims that bandits terrorising Southern Kaduna moved weapons across the country even during the COVID-19- lockdown.
Bawa claimed that Mailafia had spent over 20 years working abroad as a university teacher, banker, and civil servant with an unblemished record and no criminal record but he is still being subjected to criminal investigation and persecution.
He explained that a recent invitation by the deputy inspector general of police, asking dr Mailafia to again appear at the force headquarters in Abuja, has forced him approached a Jos High Court to seek his fundamental rights not to appear before the police since the DSS is currently investigating the matter.
The former CBN Deputy Governor has maintained that he does not support or promote violence and will never support evil.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has approached a High Court of Justice in Plateau State for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing.
This is coming after the police, again, sent him an invitation which may not be unconnected with his previous appearance before the Department of State Services (DSS) over his comments on the security situation in the country while featuring on a radio programme.
Speaking during a press conference on Monday in Jos, Mailafia’s legal team said the suit has been filed challenging the letter of invitation.
The legal team is also asking the court to make a judicial pronouncement on the letter.
He described the invitation as an intimidation, harassment, persecution, and witch hunt.
Mr Garba Shehu on Wednesday defended the invitation of Dr Obadiah Mailafia by the Department of State Services (DSS) over his recent comments on the Boko Haram insurgency.
In his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity believes the DSS took the right decision.
“This is Nigeria; this is not Mali … Is this the first time the Department of State Service is inviting people for questioning?
“When somebody claiming to be a responsible citizen makes such a claim as Obadiah Mailafia did, saying that a governor is a commander for Boko Haram and he shouldn’t be asked questions, so what kind of society do we want?” the President’s aide asked.
Mailafia was invited and grilled over his claims on a radio programme that the insurgents in the North East were enjoying the support of some governors.
This sparked an outcry with calls for investigations while the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) imposed a sanction of N500,000 on the station over what it called unprofessional broadcast.
In his reaction, Shehu took a swipe at those criticising the DSS for the invitation extended to the former CBN deputy governor.
According to him, people find it difficult to adhere to the laws of the country when they are compelled to be law-abiding in foreign nations.
The presidential aide said, “We are living in a country of people who will go to the UK and America and obey all the laws and in our country, when there is enforcement, they start crying… so, what is political about it?”
He also backed the increase in the fine for hate speech to N500,000, stressing that the current amount was still not enough to tackle the menace.
“As for the increase in the charge against hate speech, perhaps it’s the assessment of the minister,” Shehu said.
He added, “The N500,000 that was emplaced was not being respected, it was not effective in curtailing these things because somebody picking rumour and is going to the radio to announce that … come on, what are we dealing with?
“There has to be law enforcement in this country as it is happening with our citizens when they go outside the country.”
The Department of State Services (DSS) has criticised the claim by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, that a governor from the north is the leader of the Boko Haram sect.
In a statement issued on Friday, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, described the claim as fake news, saying it only lends credence to the service’s alert about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to cause a total breakdown of law and order.
According to the secret service, Mailafia as a directing staffer at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), has unrestricted access to security agencies.
“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,” Afunanya said.
Mailafia was on Wednesday invited by the service to its office in Jos, the Plateau State capital, over the claim he made in an interview on a radio station in Abuja.
After his release from the DSS custody, Mailafia insisted he stood by his claims.
The service, however, warned that it will ill not stand idly and watch those it describes as disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity.
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PRESS RELEASE DSS REITERATES WARNING AGAINST EFFORTS TO SUBVERT THE NATION
On 27th July, 2020, the Department of State Services (DSS) alerted the nation about desperate efforts by some notable personalities to use their exalted positions; take advantage of developments in the country and cause a total breakdown of law and order. It also revealed that part of the orchestrations was to engage in divisive acts as well as use inciting statements to pit one group against another.
With the latest occurrences in the country, Nigerians may have no reason to doubt the Service’s earlier pronouncement. Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya’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.
Mailafiya, as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and currently, a Directing Staff at Nigeria’s foremost Policy Research Institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has unhindered access to government platforms. It is expected that he should be conversant with official information management protocols.
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 Mailafiya, who had profusely apologized during his visit to the Service’s Plateau State Command for his ignoble statement, would, afterwards, announce to the world that he stood by his misguided eruption.
Similarly, the Service also wishes to warn others, who in the guise 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.
The Service will not stand idly and watch disgruntled and aggrieved elements take laws into their hands and cause mayhem in the polity.
In line with its mandate of detecting and preventing threats and crimes against the internal security of Nigeria, the Service hereby reiterates its previous warning that it will henceforth not condone 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 support participatory democracy in the country and therefore urges 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 pledges to strengthen existing measures designed to achieve this objective.
Peter Afunanya, Ph.D Public Relations Officer, Department of State Services, National Headquarters, Abuja 14th August, 2020
Rather than increase in taxes, the economist advised the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to “relax some of the taxes, provide incentives and widen the tax base by bringing people who are outside the tax base.”
Speaking further, he stated that if taxes are increased, it would dampen the country’s economic growth.
He however commended President Buhari for his assent, noting that the move is a welcome development that it is good for the country.
“It is very welcome in principle because normally when you pass a budget, there should be a package of fiscal measures that should accompany such a budget.
“That is the standard practice. In fact, it used to be the standard practice in Nigeria until during the fourth Republic we forgot about it. So I think it is welcome, it is very good,” he stated.
He, however, said the continued closure has contributed to inflation, including the high prices of rice which is consumed by most Nigerians.
Mailafia also advised the Federal Government to address inflation by reducing the cost of borrowing in the coming year.
The economist who spoke on the global oil price at $57 per barrel noted that if the tensions between the United States and Iran increase, Nigeria could benefit from the increase in crude price.
“It is not good to wish anybody any evil. But if the situation worsens against Iran and it leads to a standoff with the United States, we could benefit indirectly by higher oil prices. So we will wait and see how these things will pan out,” he stated.
The presidential directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on food importation has continued to spark mixed reactions across the country.
Among those who faulted the order recently is a former deputy governor of the apex bank and development economist, Dr Obadiah Mailafia.
The economist who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, believes the affairs of the CBN are being interfered with, rather than operating as an independent institution.
“There has been a capture of CBN politically; it has no autonomy anymore,” he said in an interview on Thursday.
Mailafia added, “It (CBN) has no independence anymore. It is just an appendage of some people who are using it for whatever purpose that they want.
“It’s like we’ve gone back to the military days where the military will literally bring trailers to the mint and order printing of fresh mints, load them into trailers and drive off with them.”
On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the CBN to stop providing foreign exchange for importation of food into the country.
The President, who hosted the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to Eid-el-Kabir lunch in Daura, had explained that the directive was important considering the “steady improvement” in agricultural production and attainment of “full food security” in Nigeria.
He stressed that the foreign reserve would be conserved and utilised strictly for diversification of the economy, and not for encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.
On his part, Mailafia aligned himself with the position of the critics of the presidential directive, saying he was disappointed.
He described the order as ‘thoughtless’, saying certain procedure must be followed before making critical decisions relating to a nation’s economy.
The former CBN governor also insisted that the country has yet to attain the level of food sufficiency that could warrant such an order.
“We can never be more primitive in riding an economy. It is not only primitive, it is backward, completely backward thinking and we are not self-sufficient in food; that is very wrong,” he said.
Mailafia added, “I wish there was any thinking here; there’s been no thinking whatsoever.
“It’s thoughtless thought; you don’t run policy on a web, you run policy based on a technical and scientific understanding of the situation at hand and then, you put together a technical paper working out the various scenarios for every alternative cause of action.”
Economic experts are meeting at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos, north central Nigeria to discuss and proffer solutions to the economic recession with a view on the immediate, short and long time recipes.
The three-day think-tank conference is looking at recession to recovery and growth with discussions on policy options for the Nigerian economy with experts from the organised business and the academia as discussants.
Eminent economists, policy analysts, corporate leaders in the banking and financial sector, the academia, civil society as well as captains of industry and parliamentarians are brainstorming on the theme: ‘From Recession to Recovery and Growth: Policy Options for The Nigerian Economy’.
Setting the tone for discussants at the conference, Chairman, Senate Committee On Governmental Affairs and chairman of the occasion, Senator Tijani Kaura, challenged the gathering to come out with practicable solutions that will take the country out of the economic woods and proffer policies that will make the economy to be buoyant again.
A former deputy governor of the Central Bank, Dr Obadiah Mailafia; the Head of Economics Department at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Stella Madueme and the Executive Director of Capital Markets in the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Haruna Jalo-Waziri also gave recommendations on what should be done in revamping the economy.
The experts appealed to the federal government to harmonise and coordinate various agencies and suggestions being proffered in addressing the economic recession in the country including the outcome of the conference that is ongoing.
Participants in a conference held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, have identified critical issues they said must be addressed for the nation to come out of current economic recession.
Lack of political will to develop the manufacturing sector of the economy is a major reason the nation is in recession, they said.
The former Coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), Mr Magnus Kpakol, was one of the participants in the conference that focused on ‘the Role of Monetary Policy in Job Creation’.
It was organised by the Economics and Business Strategies Limited in Abuja.
Lack Of Ability To Produce
According to Mr Kpakol, dearth of foreign exchange and high inflation rate in Nigeria is caused by the lack of ability to produce for export.
Nigeria’s currency, the Naira, has continued to decline against the dollar since the nation’s foreign exchange policies made it difficult for importers to have access to the dollar like they used to.
Most of the items in Nigeria are imported. Poor power supply and other factors had stifled manufacturing, with most companies having to generate their own power. The high cost of production has made locally manufactured goods expensive.
The conference had series of lectures targeted at driving the economy seen as the largest in Africa.
Other discussants, a professor of economics, Pat Utomi, and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, emphasised the need to improve involvement in agriculture and manufacturing in the nation that had depended largely on crude oil sales for revenue.
Agriculture was the mainstay of the nation’s economy before the discovery of crude oil.
Meanwhile, the keynote speaker, Anita Campion, stressed the need to have a policy that encourages production, processing and export of agricultural products.
The conference came at a time that unemployment is on the increase and the economy is in recession.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s unemployment rate rose from 12.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 to 13.3 per cent at the end of the second quarter.
Despite the situation, experts at the conference believe that right economic policies that encourage private investments could turn the situation around.