Kaduna train attack: DSS withdraws suit against ex-terrorist negotiator, Tukur Mamu

The Department of State Services (DSS), on Thursday, withdrew a suit filed at a Federal High Court, Abuja to detain the former terrorists’ negotiator, Tukur Mamu, for 60 more days after his arrest.

DSS’ counsel, A.M. Danlami, told Justice Nkeonye Maha shortly after the matter was called for hearing.

The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1619/2022 between SSS and Tukur Mamu, was listed for further proceedings on the day’s cause list.

Upon resumed hearing, Danlami, who sought to withdraw the case, said that the matter has been overtaken by events.

“My Lord, this matter is slated for hearing today. However, the matter has been overtaken by events. We wish to withdraw the suit,” he said.

Following the application, Justice Maha struck out the suit.

“Application of the learner counsel succeeds. The application is hereby struck out having been withdrawn,” she ruled.

NAN reports that the security agency, through its lawyer, Ahmed Magaji, had, on Sept. 13, moved a motion ex-parte, which sought an order of the court to detain Mamu for 60 more days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of its investigation.

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The motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022, was dated and filed on Sept. 12.

It urged the court to grant its reliefs to enable it to conclude its investigation on Mamu, who had been leading the negotiation with terrorists for the release of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers kidnapped in March.

Tukur Mamu was arrested on Tuesday, September 7 by INTERPOL at the Cairo International Airport while trying to connect a flight to Saudi Arabia on the request of Nigerian government.

The Department of State Services (DSS) subsequently described the outcome of its investigation on Tukur, the lead negotiator for the Kaduna train victims as “mind-boggling”.

Following a search at his residence and office, the DSS said military equipment, huge sums of money in different currencies, and other incriminating materials were discovered.

But commenting on his arrest, Mamu’s mentor, Sheik Gumi described his detention as an act of terrorism, stating that the DSS should either charge him to court or release him.

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In apparent response to the cleric, Peter Afunaya, DSS spokesperson, in a statement, said the security agency would not be distracted by “skewed utterances”, and urged the public to wait for the commencement of court proceedings.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) has followed, with keen observation, overzealous comments by sections of the public in view of issues relating to the arrest and investigation of Tukur Mamu,” he said.

“The service wishes that it is not distracted with some of the skewed narratives pervading the media space.

“Instead, it requests to be left alone to concentrate on the ongoing investigations, the outcomes of which have remained mind-boggling.

“Meanwhile, the service will cease further comments on the subject matter since the court will determine its course.

“Consequently, the public is hereby enjoined to desist from making unguarded utterances and await the court proceedings.”

With NAN report

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