Gordon Obua, the former chief security officer (CSO) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obua, who has been in the detention at the Headquarters of the Department of State Security (DSS) since Thursday fainted as a result of ill health on Monday and was rushed to hospital. He is now in stable condition, TheCable reports, addressing reports this morning that he had died in custody.
His family had said over the weekend that Obua had been denied food and water as well as access to his lawyer and doctor despite being diabetic and hypertensive.
The DSS however claimed that the former CSO 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.
A source within the agency said that the effect of the hunger strike took its toll on him on Monday and he fainted, leading to speculations that he 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.
It is however not clear if Obua has been allowed access to his personal doctor.
The DSS is yet to officially comment on the detention of Obua, who served as CSO to Jonathan from 2010 to 2015.