The Department of State Services (DSS) has dragged Desert Herald publisher Tukur Mamu before Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court, Abuja, charging Mamu with being a logistic supplier, aiding and abetting terrorism.
In an affidavit in support of its ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 filed before, the DSS said the former terrorists’ negotiator is a financier of terrorism financing against Mamu,.
Justice Maha has granted the motion ex-parte moved by counsel for the DSS, Ahmed Magaji, seeking an order to detain Mamu for 60 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
The motion was dated and filed on Sept. 12 by U.N. Dauda, a lawyer with the security outfit.
The DSS, in the application, had sought “an order enabling the State Security Service/applicant to detain the respondent (Mamu), who is the sole respondent in the suit, for 60 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of investigation.”
A legal officer with the DSS, Hamza Pandogari, in the affidavit in support of the ex-parte motion
alleged that Mamu, “the self acclaimed Kaduna train negotiator exploit the opportunity to perpetrate, aid and abets as well as render support to both local and international terrorist organisations.
“That the respondent was intercepted by the Nigerian foreign partners at Cairo, Egypt, on 6th September, 2022, while on his way to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with commanders and top leaders of terrorists organisations across the globe.
“That upon his interception, and subsequent repatriation back to Nigeria, a duly signed search warrant was executed in his residence and office at No. 4, Ali Ladan Street, Sabon Kawo GRA and No. 14, Mamona Road, Anguwan Sarki, Kaduna State and various exhibits and items to establish his complicity with terrorists were recovered.”
The agency listed some of the items recovered from Manu’s residence and office to include 151 dollars, 20 pounds sterling; 1, 530 Indian Rupees; one Saudi Riyald; 70 Dirham; one million, five hundred and six thousand naira; and 16 assorted foreign coins.
The DSS also alleged that two packs of pump action cartridges; 16 ATM (auto-mated machine) cards from both local and foreign banks; seven cheque books of different banks; six laptops; four tablets; 24 handsets and three international passports belonging to Mamu; one firearm licence; eight pieces of Nigerian Army uniforms; 16 pieces of Nigerian Naval uniforms, were Mong 34 items recovered.
The DSS said that the “preliminary Investigation so far established, amongst others, the offences of logistic supplier, aiding and abetting acts of terrorism as well as terrorism financing against him.
“That the defendant (Mamu) has used the cover of his profession as a journalist to aid both local and international terrorist groups.
“That the action of the defendant has orchestrated the untimely death of several security personnel in North Central and North East parts of Nigeria.
“That the defendant has discreetly given several information to bandits and terrorists that escalated various acts of terrorism in Nigeria.
“That the investigation has assumed a wider dimension and sophistication requiring time and advance expertise to conclude.
“That some of the suspects working with the defendant are at large and premature release of the defendant will jeopardise the ongoing investigation.
“That it is in the interest of justice and national security to grant this application.
“That the activities of the defendant and his associates at large constitute a potent threat to the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria.”