the State Security Service (SSS)On Thursday, he withdrew a lawsuit he filed to obtain court approval for the detention of Tukur Mamu, the former negotiator for the terrorists, for a further 60 days after his arrest.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the SSS arrested Mr. Mamu in September after a series of negotiations he conducted for the release of some of the victims of the Kaduna train hijacking.
He was arrested by Interpol in Cairo, Egypt, on September 6, while the SSS raided his residence and office in Kaduna. The SSS assured that during the raid he recovered military uniforms and a quantity of money.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the SSS has filed a lawsuit against Mr. Mamu in the Federal High Court seeking to order his detention for 60 days for investigative purposes.
The court had set Thursday to continue proceedings in the case.
But at the resumption of the hearing on Thursday, SSS lawyer AM Danlami told Judge Nkeonye Maha, shortly after the matter was called for hearing, that his client had decided to withdraw the lawsuit.
Danlami said the case had been overtaken by events.
“My lord, this matter is scheduled for a hearing today. However, the matter has been overtaken by events. We wish to withdraw the lawsuit,” she said.
Upon application, Ms. Maha quashed the claim.
“The application of the advice learned is successful. The application is crossed out because it has been withdrawn ”, she declared.
NAN reports that SSS, through its lawyer, Ahmed Magaji, filed an ex parte motion on September 13, seeking a court order to detain Mr. Mamu for a further 60 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of the investigations.
He urged the court to grant the remand order to allow it to conclude its investigation into Mr. Mamu, who had been leading the negotiation with the terrorists for the release of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers kidnapped on March 28.
At least eight people were killed in the attack, while 168 people were declared missing, most of whom are believed to have been kidnapped.
The remaining 23 kidnapped victims only regained their freedom after six months in captivity on October 5, after the intervention of the federal government.
Mamu, who also acts as a spokesman for Kaduna cleric Ahmad Gumi, was arrested on September 7 afternoon at Aminu Kano International Airport in northwestern Nigeria upon arrival from Egypt.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how he was earlier arrested and detained by interpol at Cairo International Airport in Egypt while waiting for a connecting flight to Saudi Arabia.
He was accompanied by his two wives and another person.
State security service spokesman Peter Afunanya said in a statement that Mamu was arrested after the Nigerian military asked him to answer some security-related questions.
Why was Mamu arrested?
Meanwhile, the SSS, in the affidavit in support of the ex parte motion, alleged that its preliminary investigation established the crimes of logistics provider, complicity and complicity in acts of terrorism against Mr. Mamu.
The security team, in the affidavit submitted by Hamza Pandogari, a legal officer with the service, said that Mr. Mamu needed to be detained for 60 days until the investigation into various acts of terrorism against him was concluded.
He alleged that the investigation established an act of terrorist financing against the former negotiator for the terrorists.
It alleged that Mamu, “the self-proclaimed negotiator of the Kaduna train, seizes the opportunity to perpetrate, aid and abet, as well as provide support to local and international terrorist organizations,” among others.
The SSS had warned Nigerians not to comment on Mamu’s arrest.
The SSS, in a statement from its spokesman, Peter Afunaya, asked the public to leave the agency alone and allow it to focus on investigations, which it said had produced “amazing” results.
This came hours after Islamic cleric Sheik Gumi, for whom Mamu is spokesman, criticized the negotiator’s arrest.
Mr. Gumi, at a religious gathering in Kaduna on Friday, had asked the security agency to charge Mr. Mamu in court if it had any evidence against him, instead of keeping him in custody. (YAYA)