The Former Chief Security Officer to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Gordon Obua, has recovered from his illness and is now in a “stable condition” the newsreportersng can now authoritatively report.
Obua, who has been detained by the Department of State Security (DSS) in Abuja since July 16, had embarked on hunger strike to protest the conditions of his detention. He was denied access to outsiders, including his doctor, lawyer and family members – and his lawyer claimed on Sunday that Obua was also denied his medications for hypertension and diabetes. The effect of the hunger strike took its toll on the detainee on Monday and he fainted, according to an SSS source, leading to speculations that Obua had died. The source added that Obua was taken to the hospital and was treated and discharged on Monday, after which he was returned to DSS headquarters where he is being detained. There was no confirmation if Obua has been allowed access to his medications. The DSS is yet to officially comment on the detention of Obua, who served as CSO to Jonathan from 2010 to 2015. But newsreportersng had earlier reported that he was being held as part of a broad investigation into security spending in recent years as well as allegations of oil theft. The DSS also raided the Abuja and Sokoto residences of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser, on July 16 and 17 as part of the investigation into security spending.