SSS Arrest, Detains Former President Jonathan’s CSO
The Chief Security Officer (CSO) to President Goodluck Jonathan for five out of his six years tenure as president, Gordon Obua, has been arrested and detained by the State Security Service (SSS).
Obua, sources said was arrested and detained on Thursday after he honoured an invitation from the agency.
His arrest is said to be in connection with ongoing investigations by the secret police on the alleged movement of large sums of “security money” in the last administration as well as oil theft in the Niger Delta.
Obua, who himself is an operative of the SSS, left his CSO job at the end of the former president’s tenure on May 29, although he remains in active service at the security agency.
Obua, sources said, is being detained at the Abuja headquarters of the SSS, also known as the Department of State Services (DSS). The specifics of the investigations were not disclosed, but an insider said Obua “is not co-operating” and could spend a longer period in detention.
Abusidiqu gathered from an unverified source said he is being kept at the underground cell at the agency headquarters, while another said he went on hunger strike on Saturday to protest the conditions of his detention, including a lack of access to lawyers and his family members.
Obua’s arrest is the second high profile arrest the SSS will be making this week. The Agency had on Thursday stormed the residence of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki in Abuja to execute a search warrant over investigations on security spending running into billions of dollars.
The SSS according to our findings recovered valuable, including $40,000 cash, guns and other documents from the NSA’s residence at the end of the 24 hour siege.
The SSS also revealed on Thursday that it found incriminating evidence at the home of the ex-NSA.