Gordon Obuah, former chief security officer to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan (GEJ) (photo left with GEJ), is dead.
A source disclosed this to newsmen late Thursday, saying he died at the National Hospital, Abuja, after suffering “massive heart attack”.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had arrested Obuah two months after his principal left power in May 2015.
He was detained at the headquarters of the agency.
To protest his detention, Obuah embarked on hunger strike. The secret police released him after his lawyer raised the alarm over his health condition.
He later fell ill.
Obuah was accused of benefiting from an oil bunkering deal, an allegation he denied but the panel which investigated him was dissatisfied with his explanation and recommended his dismissal from the DSS.
Obuah was also embroiled in a controversy during his stint as CSO to GEJ. He had expelled Ubale Musa, a correspondent of German Radio Deutsche Welle, from the presidential villa (Aso Rock) in the dying days of Jonathan’s administration.
The reporter had sought to verify from the visiting Chadian president, Idriss Derby, the truth of claims that South African mercenaries were helping in the fight against Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.
He was later dismissed from service.