Friday, December 9, 2022

DSS Drops Lawsuit Against Alleged Terrorists’ Negotiator, Mamu

The Department of State Services (DSS) has abandoned its request to the Federal High Court in Abuja for the imprisonment of Tukur Mamu to be extended for an additional 60 days.

A.M. Danlami, counsel for the DSS, asked the court on Thursday to dismiss the case, which the court allowed on the grounds that it had been rendered moot by subsequent events.

As a result, Judge Nkeonye Maha dismissed the case, which was labelled FHC/ABJ/CS/1619/2022.

“The application of the skilled attorney is granted. “The application is hereby dismissed as withdrawn,” the judge stated.

Recall that on September 13, the DSS filed an application to further detain Mamu for further investigation, alleging that he was implicated in offences involving logistics supplies and terrorism support.

In an affidavit filed with the court and deposed by Hamza Pandogari, a legal officer with the department, the DSS claimed that Mamu was intercepted by Interpol in Cairo, Egypt, on September 6, 2022, while he was en route to Saudi Arabia for a secret meeting with commanders and top leaders of terrorist organisations from around the world.

Pandogari asserted, “Upon his interception and subsequent repatriation to Nigeria, a duly signed search warrant was executed at his residence and office at No. 4, Ali Ladan Street, Sabon Kawo GRA and No. 14, Mamona Road, Anguwan Sarki, Kaduna State, and numerous exhibits and items establishing his complicity with terrorists were recovered.”

The secret police identified $151; 20 pounds sterling; 1,530 Indian Rupees; one Saudi Riyal; 70 Dirham; N1,506,000; and 16 various foreign currencies among the goods confiscated from Manu’s apartment and office.

The DSS also alleged that two packs of pump action cartridges, sixteen ATM (automated teller machine) cards from both local and foreign banks, seven chequebooks from various banks, six laptops, four tablets, twenty-four handsets, and three international passports belonging to Mamu, one firearm licence, eight pieces of Nigerian Army uniforms, and sixteen pieces of Nigerian Naval uniforms were recovered from Mong.

The DSS stated that its preliminary investigation revealed that “the defendant (Mamu) used the cover of his occupation as a journalist to facilitate both domestic and foreign terrorist organisations.

The department further alleged that Mamu’s conduct caused the deaths of several “security personnel in North-Central and North-East portions of Nigeria.”

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