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‘He has critical questions to answer’- DSS explains why Mamu, the hostage ‘negotiator’ was arrested

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The Department of State Security, (DSS) has explained why Tukur Mamu, publisher of Desert Herald, was arrested.

Mamu, who has been  involved in negotiations for the release of persons abducted during an attack on a train in Kaduna, was picked up at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano on Wednesday.

According to a statement by Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, the publisher, who is also a media consultant to Ahmed Gumi, the popular Islamic cleric, has questions to answer on security matters.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) has been inundated with enquires in respect of the arrest or otherwise of Tukur Mamu, the self-acclaimed Kaduna Train hostage negotiator,” the statement reads.

“This is to confirm that Mamu, as a person of interest, was intercepted by Nigeria’s foreign partners at Cairo, Egypt on 6th September, 2022 while on his way to Saudi Arabia.

“He has since been returned to the country, today, 7th September, 2022 and taken into the Service’s custody.

“The act followed a request by Nigeria’s Military, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community to their foreign partners to bring back Mamu to the country to answer critical questions on ongoing investigations relating to some security matters in parts of the country.

“The public may wish to note that the law will appropriately take its course.”

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