DSS Arrests Tukur Mamu After Interpol Interrogation In Egypt
Tukur Mamu, a former frontline negotiator of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack, was taken into custody by the Department of State Services on Wednesday.
After he was deported from Egypt, where he had been detained by Interpol, the DSS picked him up at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.
Mamu was detained in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, for what authorities suspect to be his connection to the terrorists who kidnapped at least 62 people off an arriving Kaduna-Abuja train more than five months ago.
At around 1:55 PM, armed personnel stationed at the entrance to the Kano’s international wing made him a target for arrest.
Alhaji Tukur Mamu, the lead negotiator between bandits and passengers kidnapped from the Abuja-Kaduna train in March, was apprehended in Cairo, Egypt’s capital.
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According to the Daily Trust, Mamu was arrested along with his family members.
Mamu, who was on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj, was detained for 24 hours at Cairo International Airport before being repatriated to Nigeria.
Mamu told newsmen that he left Nigeria on Tuesday and that nothing incriminating was found in his possession after an investigation by Egyptian security agencies.
Mamu suggested that the Nigerian government planned to detain him in another country, similar to what happened to self-proclaimed Yoruba freedom fighter Sunday Igboho, but that this could not happen because the Egyptian government determined that his papers were genuine.
According to the Daily Trust, Tukur Mamu withdrew from the negotiations with the bandits after alleging a threat to his life and attempted blackmail by the Nigerian government.
The government has yet to respond to Mamu’s claim, but some have accused him of conspiring with terrorists, which he has denied.
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