UPDATED: Former CSO To President Jonathan, Gordon Obua Dies In SSS Custody

UPDATED: Former CSO To President Jonathan, Gordon Obua Dies In SSS Custody

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on July 20, 2015
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Mr. Gordon Obua Goodluck Jonathan
Mr. Gordon Obua is pictured behind President Goodluck Jonathan | REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

The Trent can confirm that Mr. Gordon Obua, former Chief Security Officer to President Goodluck Jonathan has passed away a few hours ago, July 20, 2015 in the custody of Department of Security Services (DSS) in its Abuja Headquarters where he had been detained since Thursday, July 16, 2015 on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sources who have been monitoring the situation have confirmed Obua’s passing to The Trent. He was arrested on Thursday when he honoured an invitation by the DSS and had been in solitary confinement until his death.

READ: Nigeria’s Secret Police Arrests Jonathan’s CSO, Denies Him Access To Lawyer

Obua, who was being detained by the DSS in an underground dungeon for undisclosed reasons was being denied access to his lawyers, family, and his doctors on the orders of the new Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura. The DSS (also called SSS) serves as Nigeria’s secret police.

President Buhari appointed Lawal Daura, his kinsman from his hometown in Katsina on July 2, as head of the DSS after firing Ita Ekpeyong. Daura was recalled from retirement as he had retired from the service of the DSS when he reached the mandatory age of 60 according to the Civil Service rules of Nigeria.

Our sources say Obua’s remains are still in the custody of the DSS at the time of filing this report. He was held without charges filed against him.

On July 18, 2015, Onochie Onwuegbuna, the lead partner at Zeran Legal, had issued a press statement on behalf of Obua’s family complaining about the conditions in which his client was being detained  and said that his client was being witch-hunted by the Buhari government. He said his client was diabetic and hypertensive and was being denied his drugs as well as food and water by the DSS.

READ: Detained Former CSO Is Diabetic, Hypertensive Is Being Denied His Drugs – Lawyer Cries Out

Mr. Gordon Obua is pictured at a thanksgiving service with his wife, Dr. (Mrs) Merit Obua holding their triplets recently. (Photo Provided by Merit Obua)
Mr. Gordon Obua is pictured with his wife, Dr. (Mrs) Merit Obua at the birthday thanksgiving reception for their triplets (in their arms) recently. (Photo Provided by Merit Obua)

Obua, until his death, was an employee of the DSS and his employer knew about his medical conditions but decided, in impunity, to deny him access to his medicines and doctor, his lawyer alleged.

Onwuegbuna said that the Buhari government had ‘marked’ his client, and other individuals who held offices in Jonathan’s administration and the arrest of his client was a scheme, “in other to implicate them by all means for phantom crimes or offences”.

A non-governmental organisation, the Society for Global Justice had issued a statement on Obua’s continued detention at the DSS, on Saturday calling for the release of the former Chief Security Officer.

Executive director of the group, Mr. Marcus Ogabe confirmed that Obua was detained at the SSS headquarters in Abuja since Thursday.

The group also said the continued detention of Obua is indicative of “the tyrannical, autocratic and dictatorship tendency of the Muhammadu Buhari administration”.

“‎Obua has been detained since last Thursday at the headquarters of the State Security Services in Abuja without charge.

“He was also not told the reason for which he is being detained, the group said.

Editor’s Note: There is an important update on this story, Death Scare Forces Obua’s Release From DSS Custody

139 COMMENTS

  1. President Buhari has a lot to answer for. We are in a democracy for crying out loud and he is busy meeting with Obama in the US while enforcing gross human rights violations in Nigeria.

    This impunity must end.

    • Doing their jobs as what? Exterminators? Undertakers?
      Whatever ‘their job’ is, I don’t think it’s supposed to end up in people dying in custody.

    • This is a stupid act, I think their plan was to kill him not to arrest him, well that’s what we should expect our president is a terrorist.

    • What job are u talking about? someone was detained in DSS custody and the person is late, this man have wife, children and other extended family members, are we in military era? We are in democratic governance and the leadership must follow the rule of law, yes, probing corrupt leaders is not bad, but do it the right way, intimidation and vindictive tendencies is not welcome.

  2. This is tragic indeed.

    I would expect Buhari to leave everything and resolve this issue. There is something called human rights.

    I expect that every decent human being should stand against this murder.

    • Did i here u say “human right”? God’s wrath shall catch up with remaining looters of public funds while their family shall not be exempted.

      • you are very stupid to be saying this rubbish. Is this respect for human right, what becomes of this man’s under age triplets. Buhari my foot.

    • @ “Anonymous” Why are you such a COWARD? Are You man or mouse? Cowards like you die many times before their deaths! You ought to be ashamed of your cowardly self! Wimp!

  3. Buhari’s second stinct at the helms of affair is a reminiscence of the first. This is the first casualty, who is going to be the next? GEJ should beware. UP GPMB.

  4. Welcome to d era of dictatorship.Is this d change dat we clamour for?God is watching over us all n we must pay 4 all dat we did while on earth.The wicked must not go unpunished.

  5. For M . Buhari to appoint his fellow kinsmen as DSS and service Chiefs means he has a hidden agenda. Jonathan’s government balanced and was fair to everyone. The murder of Obua is a complete sign of his evil motives against the south South, and Southeast in 1980 – 1983 Buhari is tribalistic. In all, the South South/East should not forget about the implementation of the NAIRA & & KOBO rules/decree.

    • Kingsley you are economical with the truth, go and check again majority of security personnel under GEJ are from the South South and South East, security matter is a serious business and as sure you must appoint people you can trust. People like are the reasons behind Nigeria problems, your sentiments is baseless do you how many Northern and SW that was jailed for corruption in 80s? And some even die during that process. in fact Umoru Dikko was banded in a cantainer for corruption case. And you are taking about tribalism!!!! If that momentum was maintain till date corrupt practices will have everporated out of Nigeria and all this sentiments will have been put to rest.

  6. The DSS and the Nigerian Government should be dragged to court for killing Jonathan’s ex-CSO and the international community especially Obama and US as well as Obasanjo be informed of the type of person they gave to us as president.

  7. Hopefully this is not a grand conspiracy carried out by the left over of President Goodluck Jonathan still working with DSS to silenced this man for good. We all know the poor guy have enough information to reveal all the cohorts of the last administration. This is just the beginning!!!!

    • you are a real goat,a giant one for that matter,the new administration killed someone and all you can say just because you will not see anything wrong with Buhari you hav decided it is best you push the blame to GEJ,you and your generation will not find peace on this earth unless you retract your statement now and blame it on Buhari immediately otherwise to do go to look for solutions to the wrath that will befall your house hold.

  8. President Buhari should know that he has children and would one day leave them behind, he should watch his back while he acts

  9. if someone cunningly choosed to die in detention in order to avoid the wrath of justice, how does that gat to do with Buhari?

    • Another comment from a product of a broken condom. A father should have aborted you and save the nation of ur stupidity. Fool.

  10. This is a stupid act, I think their plan was to kill him not to arrest him, well that’s what we should expect our president is a terrorist

  11. All human races must die, and when your time is up nobody can stop it, arrest or not arrest, and government work must continue. Baba carry go!!

  12. The greatest issue here, is human feelings. No matter what Atleast the man deserved to be given food and his drugs. He is not charged guilty yet. Let’s not take law into our hands. May his soul rest in peace. This is not the best way

  13. its totally unacceptable. Knowing his health condition, yet denying him medical attention? Let God judge the DSS chief

  14. The change has come so embrace it tight foolish youth of Nigeria. So the veil is now been removed from your faces eeh? I weep for this country cos the generation next are so blind n brain washed by an illiterate president of fake change!!! Ooh he can travel around yet leave a man in detention without knowing his offence! This is so bad, violation of human rights n totally unacceptable. Let him answer Nigerians are his own hands clean from pdtf#25billion? And also $2.8billion missing during shagari’s reign as president. (where he was the minister for petroleum). I think we need revolution enough of this impunity.

  15. buhari, good intentions but wrong motives…. if God himself does show mercy, i dn’t see why buhari won’t. pls start probin amechi first. cleanse ur entourage first.

  16. Niger Delans should rise up and take their destiny into their hands, and should not take the intention of Buhari lightly. Abacha did the same thing it to Ken Sero Wiwa. North thinks that the oil belongs to them.

  17. Obasanjo and Tinubu,amaechi,okorocha,and d rest will sufer buhari said dat He Dame to arrange Wat is happinng now and irritratecy Nigeria just Center in bondage again

  18. Stop peddling lies as news in your desperation to damage this Presidency. Nothing has happened to the man. He is alive and still in DSS custody.

  19. were is the change my follow Nigerians. This country is not save
    give me reason why this country should not broke up?

  20. But he released Dasuki. The same selective witch hunting this Buhari did when he clamped Ekwueme, Awolowo, Mbakwe, Nwobodo, Ambrose Alli and a host of them from south but left Shagari, and all others from the north in 1983. Anyway we said it but some said he must be. Buhari continue. Kill everybody.

  21. But he released Dasuki. The same selective witch hunting this Buhari did when he clamped Ekwueme, Awolowo, Mbakwe, Nwobodo, Ambrose Alli and a host of them from south but left Shagari, and all others from the north in 1983. Anyway we said it but some said he must be. Buhari continue. Kill everybody.

  22. Human right is wat gave homosexuals right in america, human right is wat gave prostitutes right in Europe, human right is wat made nyan nyan bomber to go to court. Human right is killing us dan its aiding us. His death is sad but it will scare d likes of Dansuki Sambo to start vomiting looted funds. What is one life compared to d lives lost to Boko Haram? Dis guys turn boko haram into an entreprise

  23. Somebody should call buhari senses to order.we are in a democratic era…the era of dictatorship s gone.is this part of the stupid change apc is bringing to nigerians?

  24. Why can’t you all “Buhari haters” just shut up. Did Buhari kill him? He died in his office (DS’S office), don’t you think his death might even come from the GEJ Clan? In a way to cover what Buhari wants to unravel.

    Shioor kelembe tue

  25. Nigeria’s social and economic pathetic situation is as a result of the impunity and bad management of some our past and present so called leaders. Therefore, if he was a part of the raping of our country, then I have no sympathy, otherwise it’s unfair. Change comes with a huge cost that we must be willing to pay to save our country.
    At last, those who think they own and can afford to do whatever they like with are country’s wealth are having a serious reconsideration.

  26. If by now, the reasons for his detention has not been made known to the public no matter how sensitive it may be then am well convinced that the government itself has smartly strategise the whole thing….the dss itself should be detained for others to learn what detention entails.

  27. Buhari is a complete Nigerian Political and human right mistake. Tyranny will not leave his mentality, i foresee this before his administration was consolidated. An enthnic bulldog just as Prof. Wole labelled him during his Military administration.

  28. i think this is a great move,if more of them can die,then nigeria wil be a better country.DSS-try arrange a better meeting for them,then kil all of them.

  29. You people should think straight and do away with sentiment. The punishment for thieves / looters of public fund should be life imprisonment / death by hanging because is only Almighty God who knows number of innocent lives being wasted in this act of LOOTING / STEALING public fund. May God’s wrath catch up with remaining looters of Nigeria public funds while their family shall not be exempted.

  30. Nigerian Women Condemn Illegal Detention Of GEJ’s ex CSO…Calls For Release
    A civil society group the Nigerian Women Unity Forum For Good Governance has called on the Department of State security DSS to as a matter of urgency, release the past Chief Security Officer to former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Mr. Godwin Obuah the former CSO to the ex-President was arrested last Thursday for yet to be disclosed reasons. Reports from sources also suggest that Obuah being a diabetic patient has not been able to be attended by a doctor or has he seen members of his family.
    The group through its National Leader Mrs. Felicia Okoro said the continued detention of the former CSO amounts to a complete abuse of his human rights. The statement said it is regretful that the present administration has chosen the ignoble road of trampling on the rights of Nigerians whom he swore in the constitution to defend. It wondered why the reason for his arrest is been kept warning that Nigerians will not fold their hands while innocent persons are hounded by the present administration through the DSS.
    The group warned the APC led government at the center to avoid the pitfalls associated with the military which their Leader Muhammadu Buhari unfortunately, is part of. The group said as women interested in women development, it is appalled that a man like Mr. Godwin Obuah will be incarcerated and kept out from seeing his family. While condemning this act it said it feels the pains of his wife and family who will be suffering strong psychological trauma especially considering the way and manner he has diligently served the country.
    The group advised the President and those prodding him in his road to infamy to look at better ways of delivering their ‘change’ promise without been seen to be trampling on the rights of their perceived enemies stressing that Nigerians will stand up to fight against such tendency no matter the excuse given to rationalize what it calls ‘selective witch hunt’. “We believe that the fact that Buhari became the president of this country despite failed attempts is not to selectively deal with members of the opposition party and his perceived enemies but to do his best to clear the rot left by those who have milked the country dry from the days of independence. He should learn to carry out his anti-corruption crusade quietly without being seen to be persecuting his enemies. This is democracy and the tenets of democracy must be respected no matter how in hurry he may seem to be” the women group posited.

  31. If the story is true then this govt has unconsciously destroyed the integrity upon which nigerian voted massively it.

  32. The right of a suspect must be guaranteed as en trench in the constitution the prosecution must not be a persecutor .How are we sure the suspect died a. Natural death,justice is not a one way traffic.

  33. This is sad. Where is our human right under a democratic government. A person is still a suspect until the law court says he’s guilty of any offence. I will advice the Obua family and the law court take this very serious because we are all human and have equal right.

  34. You are very stupid to make that comment. How can you said that DSS are doing there job? Human right has been violated. That is a military system of government and not democracy..Buhari was never qualified to rule Nigeri under civilian system. Moreover, he is an literate.

  35. We must speak up and speak out.If we dont it may be too late to cage this monster.He did this with the national security organisation (NSO)the precussor of the present sss,until IBB liberated Nigeria from his iron fist.who is next?GEJ,IBB,OBJ,me,you,who?the monster is at large and there hounds goading him on.

  36. Everyone here I believe are Nigerians. Whatsoever goes wrong or right in the affairs of this nation – Nigeria, we all are guilty and part of it. To some, you voted your choice for leadership and to others you refused to make your vote count. But one thing is sure that those who love God and keep His commandments will surely live under His protection and mercy.
    -Elijah’s Faith

  37. Be warned looters,begin to refund nigerian money, families advice your Dad to do the needful ,don’t be greedy. Let them all die.God gave him triplets as compensation thieves.

  38. I feel for his family but the Bible clearly states that the wages of sin is death. Anyone that has stolen public funds and rendered other Nigerians in penury and others die due to poor health care deserves nothing less. He should better stand up and inform us the bank accounts and bunkers that our monies are being hidden.

  39. Even arressted murderers or serial killers are send to hospital for medical treatment but in Nigeria, they are allowed to die in jail because he is a biafran . Niger delta youth should burn down all the oil pipelines in the south. Let the war start now.

  40. Our so call leaders are suffering from hysteria “mental disorder” they are completely not concern about the people rather about themselves, nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years yet he never revenged but rather he treated them with love, he died a hero, giant of Africa what a good reputation, autocracy has replaced democracy in the our leaders what a tragedy,, instead of fighting this insidious Boko Haram you busy arresting armless people

  41. Four years is too short to be seen as ever. Vengeance must not be part of governance. If this man is truly dead….then my condolences to the family.

  42. Until this news is accredited as valid, I’m refusing to believe it.
    For goodness sake, this is an era of democracy, how would you justify the murdering of a suspect in custody?…this had better not be true. Else, THIS government has a lot to answer for!!!

  43. This is just the beginning they should start returning the loot or face death warrant,Goodluck Jonathan and his cronies truncate democracy by corrupt practices and looting the treasury of our nation to ground zero. Say Buhari …Say Change

  44. National Assembly should move for d sack of Lawal Daura, d Buhari’s kinsman, whom he (President Buhari) has planted for evil, whom he has brought from d wind for no just cause to boss DSS. Lawal Daura must be sacked for violation of human right dat has led to d death of Gordon Obua in his wrongful detention

  45. National Assembly should move for d sack of Lawal Daura, d Buhari’s kinsman, whom he (President Buhari) has planted for evil, whom he has brought from d wind for no just cause to boss DSS dat has caused d wrongful death of a human being. Lawal Daura must be sacked for violation of human right dat led to d death of Gordon Obua in his wrongful detention.

  46. This is sad. back to the days of political killings. we are watching. this is not democrasy. I fear for nigeria….

  47. National Assembly should move for d sack of Lawal Daura, d
    Buhari’s kinsman, whom he (President Buhari) has planted for
    evil, whom he has brought from d wind for no just cause to boss
    DSS dat has caused d wrongful death of a human being. Lawal
    Daura must be sacked for violation of human right dat led to d
    death of Gordon Obua in his wrongful detention.

  48. National Assembly should move for d sack of Lawal Daura, d
    Buhari’s kinsman, whom he (President Buhari) has planted for
    evil, whom he has brought from d wind for no just cause to boss
    DSS dat has caused d wrongful death of a human being. Lawal
    Daura must be sacked for violation of human right dat led to d
    death of Gordon Obua in his wrongful detention.
    http://Www.naijaname.com

  49. National Assembly should move for d sack of Lawal Daura, d
    Buhari’s kinsman, whom he (President Buhari) has planted for
    evil, whom he has brought from d wind for no just cause to boss
    DSS dat has caused d wrongful death of a human being. Lawal
    Daura must be sacked for violation of human right dat led to d
    death of Gordon Obua in his wrongful detention.
    http://Www.naijaname.com

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