A workforce from the Ministry of International Affairs raided the house of Malam Tukur Mamu, the writer of the Kaduna-based Desert Herald and media adviser to the controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who retired as one of many negotiators among the many terrorists who attacked the March Abuja-Kaduna certain AK-9 prepare passengers.
A supply aware of the case informed one in every of our correspondents that closely armed DSS personnel stormed Mamu’s dwelling and the Desert Herald Newspaper workplace at roughly 12: 30 am on Thursday.
It turned out that the brokers searched each nook and cranny of the home, taking away laptops, telephones and paperwork.
Nevertheless, the sources mentioned nothing incriminating was present in both the residence or the workplace.
In response to him, at least 50 closely armed brokers from Toyota Hilux, Toyota Highlander and army autos raided each the house and the workplace.
He added that the ex-negotiator’s two wives who have been with him when he was arrested have been returned to the home, however that his two sons are “nonetheless in custody with him”.
He mentioned: “The closely armed officers got here and searched throughout each the residence and his workplace, however nothing suspicious was discovered in the course of the operation which began at about 23.am
“Greater than 50 of them got here in totally armed with superior weapons in military autos, Toyota Hilux and Toyota Highlander.
“Two girls who have been with him (Mamu) have been introduced again, however his two sons, Faisal and Ibrahim are nonetheless in detention with him.
“They confiscated our telephones and laptops.”
The PUNCH reported that Mamu had been arrested in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, on Tuesday.
The terrorist’s negotiator is alleged to have been arrested in Egypt alongside along with his family members.
The DSS had additionally demanded the negotiator’s arrest.
Mamu was mentioned to be on his method to Saudi Arabia for the minor hajj when he was detained on the worldwide Cairo airport.
The administrators of the Desert Herald newspaper confirmed the arrest and mentioned the arrest was an try to intimidate the writer.
In a press release on Wednesday by Particular Initiatives chief Ibrahim Mada, administration accused the federal authorities of plotting the arrest and deportation of Mamu from Egypt to Nigeria.
The assertion learn: “His patriotic mission to make sure the protection of the unlucky passengers has made him a goal of blackmail by unscrupulous components within the authorities decided to punish him for this noble however harmful sacrifice to the homeland.Such threats and intimidation have pressured him to disclose a number of occasions that his life was significantly threatened.
“Because of quite a few threats to his life and conspiracy on the a part of safety brokers to framed him, he withdrew from the mentioned negotiations, however his final sojourn reveals that those that pray desperately for his head are nonetheless decided to hold out their hideous dastardly plans.
“However it’s our fervent hope that the evil machining of those determined components will probably be negated by the truth that Allah is all the time on the aspect of the oppressed. correct machining just like the one earlier than it is going to additionally occur,” the assertion learn partly
The PUNCH studies that some blood-thirsty terrorists attacked the Abuja-Kaduna-bound AK9 prepare in March 28, kidnapping some passengers.
The terrorists positioned explosives alongside the monitor and because the prepare approached the purpose, the system exploded, derailing the prepare, resulting in the dying of eight passengers.
A day after the assault, one other passenger died who had suffered a gunshot wound, making it 9, the overall quantity killed within the assault.
From the manifesto acquired by the Nigerian Railway Company, 362 passengers bought tickets, however 362 have been validated as tickets bought. Greater than 50 passengers are nonetheless within the kidnappers’ lair and have spent greater than 50 days in captivity.
After the kidnapping, the bandits threatened to start out killing kidnapped passengers of their custody if the federal authorities didn’t adjust to their calls for inside seven days.
Components of the calls for included the unconditional launch of their detained kids who have been being held in an orphanage in Adamawa State underneath the strict supervision of the Nigerian army, in addition to the discharge of their detained comrades.
The terrorists additionally disclosed that the suspended prepare service by the Nigerian Railway Company scheduled for Could 23 on the Abuja-Kaduna route was as a result of of their menace to the federal government.
In response to the bandits, the federal government just isn’t being honest with the negotiations and warns that until their detained kids, who’re forcibly detained by safety brokers from their wives in Nasarawa State and Adamawa State, be launched. , not one of the kidnapped passengers will make it out alive.