A Federal High Court in Abuja has given the Department of State Services (DSS) the permission to detain a former terrorists’ negotiator, Tukur Mamu for another 60.
The presiding judge, Nkeonye Maha, issued the ruling today, September 13, in response to an ex-parte motion moved by the counsel for the DSS, Ahmed Magaji.
In the motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 and dated September 12, the DSS urged the court to grant its request to enable it conclude the investigation on the negotiator.
Mamu, publisher of Desert Herald, was arrested at the Kano International Airport after returning from Egypt, where he had been detained on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj.
Mamu, a negotiator for the Abuja- Kaduna train abductees and an aide to Ahmad Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric, had been involved in negotiations for the release of persons abducted during an attack on a train in Kaduna in March 2022.
He was whisked away by DSS operatives upon his arrival at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.
Mamu had been arrested by Egyptian authorities while on his way to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj, after which he was repatriated to Nigeria.
His arrest in Egypt was based on a request by the Nigerian government.
In a statement, September 11, the DSS spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunaya, described the outcome of the agency’s investigation of Mamu as “mind-boggling.”