Negotiator for the discharge of the Abuja-Kaduna prepare assault victims, Malam Tukur Mamu, was Tuesday arrested by the Interpol in Cairo, Egypt on his approach to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj.
Mamu, writer of Desert Herald, who doubles as spokesman for Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, was concerned in negotiating the discharge of over 20 of the prepare assault victims from their captors.
He was arrested together with his two wives whereas ready for connecting flight to Saudi Arabia and detained in Cairo in a single day by the Interpol earlier than being deported to Nigeria.
That is simply as a administration workers of Desert Herald described Mamu’s arrest as outright intimidation, harassment and desperation by “some parts in authorities to frustrate the negotiator.”
Talking in an announcement from Cairo, Mamu mentioned: “I used to be on my approach to Madina, Saudi Arabia after they stopped me at Cairo Airport below the Nigerian Authorities Order. Nothing was present in my possession. So I’m certain the DSS officers are ready for me on the Kano airport. I don’t have something to cover and like I mentioned I’m not afraid of them (DSS). I swear to God I’m not afraid of them. I simply need the world to know of what’s taking place.”
He mentioned the Nigerian authorities wished him to be detained in Egypt like what occurred to Sunday Igboho in order that will probably be tough for him to return. “However they (the Egyptian authorities) mentioned my papers and all paperwork have been appropriate and that they’ll solely ship me again residence due to their Interpol settlement with Nigeria,” he mentioned.
…Lands in DSS’ web at Kano
In the meantime, operatives of the Division of State Providers (DSS) picked up Mamu at Malam Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport in Kano upon his arrival from Cairo.
Blueprint learnt that the Egypt plane, which conveyed him and his relations, touched down in Kano round 1:55pm.
DSS operatives, in line with sources, have been stationed on the entrance of the worldwide wing of the airport a number of minutes earlier than the plane landed.
The closely armed operatives who have been additionally in firm of others wearing mufti, it was gathered, have been on guard on the entrance of the arrival part of the worldwide wing whereas the three autos with Kano plate numbers (2 Hilux and one Hiace) packed by the doorway.
And passengers onboard disembarked and moved to the arrival part, one of many Hilux moved ahead whereas baggage, believed to be Mamu’s and his relations, have been loaded in one of many autos.
The 2 autos have been later mentioned to have moved ahead whereas the Hiace bus drove in direction of the tarmac and consequently left with the opposite two autos, with Mamu and members of his household in one in every of them.
Confirming the event in a press assertion Wednesday in Abuja, DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, mentioned: “The DSS has been inundated with enquires in respect of the arrest or in any other case of Tukur Mamu, the self-acclaimed Kaduna Practice hostage negotiator.
“That is to verify that Mamu, as an individual of curiosity, was intercepted by Nigeria’s overseas companions at Cairo, Egypt on sixth September, 2022 whereas on his approach to Saudi Arabia. He has since been returned to the nation, right now, September 7, 2022, and brought into the Service’s custody.
“The act adopted a request by Nigeria’s Army, Regulation Enforcement and Intelligence Neighborhood to their overseas companions to deliver again Mamu to the nation to reply vital questions on ongoing investigations referring to some safety issues in elements of the nation.
“The general public could want to word that the regulation will appropriately take its course,” the assertion mentioned.
It’s intimidation – Desert Herald
However in his response, Head of Particular Initiatives Desert Herald Newspaper Ibrahim Mada, described Mamu’s arrest as outright intimidation and harassment by the federal authorities, which it accused of planning the arrest and deportation of Mamu from Egypt.
In an announcement Wednesday, Mada mentioned: “In its efforts to intimidate and harass the writer of Desert Herald newspaper, Malam Tukur Mamu, the Federal Authorities has surreptitiously contrived the arrest and deportation of the writer in addition to members of his household whereas on their approach to the holy land for lesser Hajj.
“On the fifth September 2022, Mamu alongside his household deliberate the journey to Saudi Arabia to carry out lesser Hajj. They travelled via Malam Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport and departed precisely at 2:00pm aboard Egypt Airways. They’re anticipated to return to Nigeria on twentieth September, 2022. Instantly after their departure, we obtained credible data that males and officers of NIA had stormed the airport with intent to cease him from travelling.
“However their try to frustrate the journey was not profitable as he has already left the airport en route Cairo. However of their desperation to expound a pound of flesh, they forcefully retrieved copies of his travelling paperwork from immigration. On arrival in Cairo, Malam Tukur Mamu and relations have been arrested and detained for nearly 24 hours and later deported again to Nigeria on the strict request and directions of Nigeria authorities.
“Malam Tukur Mamu is a accountable citizen who voluntary engaged in negotiations that led to launch of about 20 passengers of the ill-fated prepare hijacked by gunmen. His patriotic mission to make sure the security of the hapless passengers made him a goal of blackmail by unscrupulous parts within the authorities who’re hell bent in punishing him for his noble however harmful sacrifice for the fatherland. Such threats and intimidations have compelled him to disclose on quite a few instances that his life was below critical menace.
“As a consequence of quite a few threats to his life and conspiracy from the facet of safety brokers to border him, he withdrew from the mentioned negotiations however from his newest sojourn, it seems that those that are desperately braying for his head are nonetheless hell bent in finishing up their odious dastardly plans. It’s our fervent hope that the evil machination of those determined parts will likely be nixed by the truth that Allah is all the time by the facet of the oppressed. This evil machination like those earlier than it, shall additionally come to go.”
Troops neutralie bandits
In a associated growth, troops of the Nigerian Military have killed two bandits whereas repelling an assault across the Fondisho space on the Kaduna – Zaria Highway in Igabi native authorities of Kaduna state.
Kaduna state authorities in an announcement signed by the Commissioner for Inside Safety and House Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, mentioned, the troops laid an ambush for the bandits, who got here below assault, including that after the trade of gunfire, two of the bandits have been killed whereas others escaped.
Aruwan mentioned: “In an operational suggestions to the Kaduna state authorities, it was revealed that the troops, responding rapidly to credible intelligence, arrange an ambush place on the location.
“On coming into the realm, the bandits sprang the ambush and got here below intense fireplace as they have been stoutly repelled by the troops. Two of the criminals have been thus neutralised.
“The Kaduna state authorities obtained the suggestions with satisfaction, and praised the troops for his or her swiftness in responding to intelligence studies. The federal government conveyed its appreciation to the troops and different safety forces, whereas encouraging them to maintain the decided efforts to rout all prison parts.
“Since most of the bandits escaped with gunshot wounds, the federal government hereby appeals to communities within the basic space to report any questionable individuals looking for medical consideration. The safety operations room could be reached on 09034000060 and 08170189999,” Aruwan mentioned, including that armed patrols will proceed within the space.