DSS accuses Tukur Mamu of aiding, abetting terrorists

Ahmad Gumi spokesman Tukur Mamu

The Department of State Services (DSS) has alleged that its preliminary investigation established that Tukur Mamu, the spokesman of a popular Islamic cleric Ahmad Gumi, aided and abetted terrorists.

The DSS, in an affidavit in support of its ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 filed before Justice Nkeonye Maha of a Federal High Court, Abuja, also alleged that the investigation established Act of terrorism financing against Mamu.

Mamu was the self-appointed negotiator between terrorists and families of those abducted from the Abuja-Kaduna rail attack of March.

Justice Maha, on Tuesday, granted the motion ex-parte moved by counsel for the DSS, Ahmed Magaji, seeking an order to detain Mamu for 60 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

The motion was dated and filed on September 12 by U.N. Dauda, a lawyer with the security outfit.

In the affidavit in support of the ex-parte motion deposed to by Hamza Pandogari, a legal officer with the DSS, he said it was necessary for Mamu to be detained for 60 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of investigation of various acts of terrorism against him.

The agency listed some of the items recovered from Manu’s residence and office to include two packs of pump action cartridges; 16 ATM (auto-mated machine) cards from both local and foreign banks; seven cheque books of different banks; six laptops; four tablets; 24 handsets and three international passports belonging to Mamu; one firearm licence; eight pieces of Nigerian Army uniforms; and 16 pieces of Nigerian Naval uniforms.

The DSS said that the “preliminary investigation so far established, amongst others, the offences of logistic supplier, aiding and abetting acts of terrorism as well as terrorism financing against him.

“That the defendant (Mamu) has used the cover of his profession as a journalist to aid both local and international terrorist groups.”