The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned the public against making any further comments about the inquiry of bandit negotiator Tukur Mamu, claiming that the findings are astounding.
According to a statement released on Sunday by DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya, the Service won’t be diverted by remarks regarding 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.”
Immediately following Mamu’s arrest in Cairo, Egypt, cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi requested the DSS to either charge the editor of Desert Herald with a crime or free him from custody.
During his weekly sermon at Sultan Bello Mosque on Saturday, Gumi urged the DSS to let his assistant go on trial, arguing that keeping him in detention intimidates his family.
Prior to Gumi’s remark, the DSS said that during a raid on Mamu’s home and office, its agents discovered evidence that may be used against Mamu, including vast sums of various currencies and military accoutrements. The publisher’s family has refuted these assertions.
Mamu is one of the top negotiators working to secure the release of Kaduna State train attack victims. The newspaper publisher has recently gained attention for his part in the release of the train assault victims who were abducted on March 28 by terrorists. However, he resigned from his position as chief negotiator in August, stating that the Nigerian government had threatened his life.