Kaduna Train Attack: Why 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 The application is hereby struck out having been withdrawn,” she ruled.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.

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.

It could be recalled that the State Security Services (SSS) arrested Tukur Mamu, for allegedly negotiating the release of some of the hostages in the March 2022 train abductions in Kaduna.

Mr. Mamu, who also doubles as the spokesperson of the Kaduna-based cleric, Ahmad Gumi, was arrested at the Aminu Kano International Airport in North-west Nigeria upon his arrival from Egypt.

According to the spokesperson for the state security service, Peter Afunanya, Mr. Mamu was arrested following a request by the Nigerian Military to answer some questions relating to security.



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