The Department of State Services (DSS) says the outcome of the investigation of bandits’ negotiator Tukur Mamu is mind-boggling, warning the public against further comments on the subject.
A statement by the DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on Sunday maintained that the Service won’t be distracted by comments relating to Mamu’s arrest.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) has followed, with keen observation, overzealous comments by sections of the public in view of issues relating to the arrest and investigation of Tukur Mamu,” the statement read.
“The Service wishes that it is not distracted by some of the skewed narratives pervading the media space.
“Instead, it requests to be left alone to concentrate on the ongoing investigations, the outcomes of which have remained mind-boggling. Meanwhile, the Service will cease further comments on the subject matter since the Court will determine its course. Consequently, the public is hereby enjoined to desist from making unguarded utterances and await the court proceedings.”
The DSS comment is coming hours after cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi asked the Service to either charge the publisher of Desert Herald to court or release him from detention following Mamu’s arrest in Cairo, Egypt.
Gumi told the DSS during his weekly preaching at Sultan Bello Mosque on Saturday to let his aide face trial, maintaining that keeping him in custody is intimidating to his family.
Before Gumi’s comment, DSS said its operatives raided Mamu’s residence and office and found incriminating materials such as military accouterments and large amounts of different currencies, claims the publisher’s family denied.
Mamu is one of the leading negotiators for the release of victims of the train attack in Kaduna State. The newspaper publisher has been in the limelight lately for his role in the release of victims of the train attack who were kidnapped by terrorists on March 28. But in August, he withdrew as the lead negotiator in securing the release of the remaining victims, claiming a threat to his life by the Nigerian government.