Gordon Obua, the former chief security officer (CSO) to former
President Goodluck Jonathan, is now in a “stable condition” after falling
ill on Monday, TheCable understands.
Obua, who has been detained by the SSS in Abuja since the night of July
16, had embarked on hunger strike to protest the conditions of his
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 SSS headquarters
where he is being detained. TheCable could not confirm if Obua has been
allowed access to his medications.
The SSS is yet to officially comment on the detention of Obua, who
served as CSO to Jonathan from 2010 to 2015.
But TheCable 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 SSS 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.