The Department of State Services (DSS), on Thursday, withdrew a suit filed at a Federal High Court, Abuja to detain Tukur Mamu, publisher of the Desert Herald for 60 more days after his arrest.
Mamu, who is also the spokesman of Sheikh Ahmed Gumi and negotiator for the victims of the March 28 Abuja-Kaduna train attack hostages, was arrested on September 7, 2022, at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano after he arrived from Egypt
The News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the DSS’ counsel, A.M. Danlami, told Justice Nkeonye Maha shortly after the matter was called for hearing said that the matter has been overtaken by events.
Following the application, Justice Maha struck out the suit.
Mamu was, on Sept. 6, arrested in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, with his family members by INTERPOL. Mamu, who was on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj, was detained at Cairo International Airport before being repatriated back to Nigeria.
The Department of State Security, DSS, has alleged that its preliminary investigation established the offenses of the logistic suppliers, aiding and abetting acts of terrorism against Tukur Mamu.
In an affidavit it filed on September 12, 2022, in support of its ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 and filed before Justice Nkeonye Maha of a Federal High Court, Abuja, the DSS also alleged that the investigation established Act of terrorism financing against Mamu, the former terrorists’ negotiator.
On September 13, a Federal High Court in Abuja permitted the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain Mamu Tukur for 60 more days.