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Abuja-Kaduna train victims’ lead negotiator, Tukur Mamu, arrested

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Publisher of Desert Herald Newspaper, based in Kaduna, and the lead negotiator of the Abuja-Kaduna train abducted passengers, Tukur Mamu, has been reportedly arrested.

Mamu, who was lead negotiator between the Federal Government and the bandits that kidnapped victims of the train passengers about five months ago, was allegedly arrested outside Nigeria.

Mamu, who also shuffles as media aide to Sheikh Dr. Mahmud Gumi – an advocate of ‘Amnesty for Bandits’ – was reportedly arrested in Caro Airport enroute to Saudi Arabia with his entire family.

A source close to the family told journalists in Kaduna that Mamu was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) in Cairo International Airport for 24 hours, while on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj.

In a statement in social media, posted by a reporter with Desert Herald Newspaper, the family source had said, “His family members (Mamu) travelling with him were also arrested. It could be recalled that, Mamu had severally said that his life was in danger,” the statement added.

He confirmed to journalists that, while onboard the plane back to Nigeria, nothing incriminating was found on him, and that he was detained on the order of Nigeria.

“I was on my way to Cairo-Egypt, but my destination was Saudi Arabia for my Umrah alongside some of my family members. I was detained for 24 hours at the Cairo International Airport under the orders of Nigerian Government.

“I was not harassed at the Nigerian Airport until I got to Cairo – when the security officials there told me that they had orders to arrest me by Nigerian Department of State Security (DSS).

“We were arrested alongside my family members for the whole day at Cairo Airport. Right now, they boarded the next available flight for me and my family members back home to Kano.

“I’m sure the DSS officials would likely be waiting for me at the Kano Airport today (Wednesday). I don’t have anything to hide and I’m not afraid of them (DSS). I swear to God, I’m not afraid of them. I just want the world to know of what is happening,” he said.

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