The Department of State Services (DSS) has withdrawn a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja, to detain an alleged terrorists’ negotiator, Tukur Mamu, for 60 more days.
Consequently, Justice Nkeonye Maha struck out the suit, which was marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1619/2022.
“The application by the learned counsel succeeds. The application is hereby struck out having been withdrawn,” the judge said.
It will be recalled that the DSS had on September 13 filed the application seeking to further detain Mamu for additional investigation after the agency alleged that he was involved in the offences bordering on logistics supplies as well as aiding and abetting acts of terrorism.
In an affidavit filed before the court and deposed by Hamza Pandogari, a legal officer with the department, the DSS averred that Mamu was intercepted by Interpol in Cairo, Egypt, on 6th September 2022, while on his way to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting with commanders and top leaders of terrorist organisations across the globe.
Pandogari alleged: “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 secret police listed some of the items recovered from Manu’s residence and office to include $151; 20 pounds sterling; 1,530 Indian Rupees; one Saudi Riyald; 70 Dirham; N1,506,000; 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 chequebooks from 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 its preliminary investigation found that “the defendant (Mamu) has used the cover of his profession as a journalist to aid both local and international terrorist groups.