DSS Accuses Tukur Mamu Of Aiding, Abetting Acts Of Terrorism

A file photo of Tukur Mamu.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has accused Tukur Mamu, the Kaduna train attack negotiator, of aiding and abetting acts of terrorism.

This was made known in an affidavit in support of an ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 and filed before Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Maha had issued a ruling on the ex-parte motion moved by counsel to the DSS, Ahmed Magaji, granting the security agency permission to detain Mamu for 60 more days pending the conclusion of its investigation.

The security agency alleged that Mamu, the publisher of Desert Herald, was involved in the funding of international and local terrorism.

It claimed that Mamu shares information with terrorist groups, resulting in the escalation of bandit attacks in the country.

“Preliminary investigation so far established, amongst others, the offences of the logistic supplier, aiding and abetting acts of terrorism, as well as terrorism financing against him,” the DSS was said to have written in the affidavit.

“That the defendant (Mamu) has used the cover of his profession as a journalist to aid both local and international terrorist groups. That the action of the defendant has orchestrated the untimely death of several security personnel in north-central and north-eastern parts of Nigeria.

“That the defendant has discreetly given several information to bandits and terrorists that escalated various acts of terrorism in Nigeria. That the investigation has assumed a wider dimension and sophistication requiring time and advanced expertise to conclude.

“That some of the suspects working with the defendant are at large and premature release of the defendant will jeopardise the ongoing investigation. That it is in the interest of justice and national security to grant this application.

“That the activities of the defendant and his associates at large constitute a potent threat to the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria.”

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Mamu was arrested at the Kano International Airport after he returned from Egypt where he had been detained on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj.

The DSS further alleged that Mamu, who negotiated between terrorists and families of kidnap victims, was part of an international terrorist network and used the cover of journalism to perpetrate his deeds.

It claimed that he was on his way to an international terrorist summit when he was intercepted in Egypt.

The DSS, in the application, had sought “an order enabling the State Security Service/applicant to detain the respondent (Mamu) for a period of 60 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of investigation.”

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 the investigation of various acts of terrorism against him.

Pandogari alleged that Mamu, “The self-acclaimed Kaduna train negotiator exploited the opportunity to perpetrate, aid, and abet, as well as render support to both local and international terrorist organisations.

“That upon his interception and subsequent repatriation back to Nigeria, a duly signed search warrant was executed in his residence.

“That upon his interception and subsequent repatriation back to Nigeria, a duly signed search warrant was executed in his residence and office at No. 4, Ali Ladan Street, Sabon Kawo GRA and No. 14, Mamona Road, Anguwan Sarki, Kaduna State and various exhibits and items to establish his complicity with terrorists were recovered.”

The agency listed some of the items recovered from Manu’s residence and office to include $151 dollars, £20, 1,530 Indian rupees; one Saudi riyal; 70 dirhams; N 1,506,000, and 16 assorted foreign coins.

The DSS also alleged that 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, as well as one firearm licence, eight pieces of Nigerian Army uniforms; 16 pieces of Nigerian Navy uniforms, were among the items recovered.

“That the defendant has discreetly given several information to bandits and terrorists that escalated various acts of terrorism in Nigeria,” it said. “That the investigation has assumed a wider dimension and sophistication requiring time and advanced expertise to conclude.

“That some of the suspects working with the defendant are at large and premature release of the defendant will jeopardise the ongoing investigation. That it is in the interest of justice and national security to grant this application. That the activities of the defendant and his associates at large constitute a potent threat to the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria.”

Court Grants DSS Permission To Detain Tukur Mamu For 60 More Days

A file photo of Tukur Mamu

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has permitted the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain a former terrorists’ negotiator, Tukur Mamu, for 60 more days.

Justice Nkeonye Maha gave the permission on Tuesday while granting an ex-parte motion moved by the counsel for the DSS, Ahmed Magaji.

Mamu, one of the leading negotiators for the release of victims of the train attack in Kaduna State, was arrested at Cairo International Airport, Egypt on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj.

In the motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 and dated September 12, the DSS urged the court to grant its reliefs to enable it to conclude its investigation on Mamu who had been leading the negotiation with the terrorists for the release of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers kidnapped in March.

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This followed the criticism by popular Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, to whom Mamu is an aide, who faulted the arrest of Mamu.

Gumi, at a religious gathering on Friday in Kaduna, had asked the security agency to charge Mamu to court if it had any evidence against him, rather than keeping him in custody.

But the DSS, in its reaction, said it would not be distracted by some skewed narratives in the media and requested to be left alone to concentrate on the ongoing investigations, the outcomes of which it said have remained ‘mindboggling’.

Mamu was intercepted on September 6 by INTERPOL at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt while trying to connect a flight to Saudi Arabia.

A day later, the security agency said he has since been taken into custody upon his return to the country.

It explained that the action followed a request by the 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.

Tukur Mamu: Outcome Of Investigation Mind-Boggling, Says DSS

File photo of Tukur Mamu

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) says the outcome of the investigation of bandits’ negotiator Tukur Mamu is mind-boggling, warning the public against further comments on the subject. 

A statement by the DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on Sunday maintained that the Service won’t be distracted by comments relating to Mamu’s arrest.

“The Department of State Services (DSS) has followed, with keen observation, overzealous comments by sections of the public in view of issues relating to the arrest and investigation of Tukur Mamu,” the statement read.

“The Service wishes that it is not distracted by some of the skewed narratives pervading the media space.

“Instead, it requests to be left alone to concentrate on the ongoing investigations, the outcomes of which have remained mind-boggling. Meanwhile, the Service will cease further comments on the subject matter since the Court will determine its course. Consequently, the public is hereby enjoined to desist from making unguarded utterances and await the court proceedings.”

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The DSS comment is coming hours after cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi asked the Service to either charge the publisher of Desert Herald to court or release him from detention following Mamu’s arrest in Cairo, Egypt.

Gumi told the DSS during his weekly preaching at Sultan Bello Mosque on Saturday to let his aide face trial, maintaining that keeping him in custody is intimidating to his family.

Before Gumi’s comment, DSS said its operatives raided Mamu’s residence and office and found incriminating materials such as military accouterments and large amounts of different currencies, claims the publisher’s family denied.

Mamu is one of the leading negotiators for the release of victims of the train attack in Kaduna State. The newspaper publisher has been in the limelight lately for his role in the release of victims of the train attack who were kidnapped by terrorists on March 28. But in August, he withdrew as the lead negotiator in securing the release of the remaining victims, claiming a threat to his life by the Nigerian government.

Military Gears, Huge Cash Found In Mamu’s House, Office – DSS

File: Tukur Mamu

 

The Department of Security Service (DSS) says it has recovered military gears and a large amount of cash during a raid of the home and office of Mr Tukur Mamu.

In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya explained that the military gears and cash were among the incriminating items found by operatives who conducted a search of Mamu’s properties.

“So far, appropriate security agencies have executed valid search warrants on Mamu’s residence and office,” he said while giving an update on Mamu’s arrest. “During the processes, incriminating materials including military accouterments were recovered.

“Other items include large amounts in different currencies and denominations, as well as financial transaction instruments. While further investigations continue, Mamu will, sure, have a day in court.”

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Mamu, one of the leading negotiators for the release of victims of the train attack in Kaduna State, is also the spokesman for Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

He was said to have been arrested on Tuesday by INTERPOL at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt while trying to connect a flight to Saudi Arabia.

On Wednesday, the security agency confirmed Mamu’s arrest, saying he was intercepted by Nigeria’s foreign partners in Cairo and has since been taken into custody upon his return to the country.

It said the action followed a request by the 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.

Mamu, who is also a newspaper publisher, has been in the limelight recently for his role in the release of victims of the train attack who were kidnapped by terrorists on March 28.

In August, he announced his withdrawal as the lead negotiator in securing the release of the remaining victims of the train attack after he alleged a threat to his life by the Nigerian government.

Kaduna Train Hostages’ Negotiator Mamu Is In Our Custody – DSS

A file photo of a DSS operative.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) says the Abuja-Kaduna train hostage negotiator, Tukur Mamu, is in its custody.

This is according to a statement released by the DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on Wednesday following reports that Mamu was arrested in Egypt.

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“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,” the statement read.

“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.”

Mamu has made headlines lately for his part in the release of the Kaduna train victims who were abducted on March 28.

But in August, the publisher of Desert Herald Newspaper withdrew as the lead negotiator in securing the release of the remaining train attack victims.  He claimed that his life was under threat by the Nigerian government.

DSS Obtains Warrants Before Arresting Suspects – Spokesman

In this photo taken on December 6, 2019, two DSS operatives are having a conversation during an operation in Abuja.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has described as “misleading” the claims that its operatives abduct citizens.

“As part of its enforcement activities, the DSS arrests when, where and if necessary. This is evidently carried out in line with tenets of democratic ideals. At no time has the agency embarked on its actions without following laid down procedures in respect of obtaining warrants of arrest or orders for detention from competent legal authorities,” DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said in a statement on Wednesday.

In the statement titled, ‘DSS Does Not Abduct Citizens’, the secret police said contrary to reports (not by Channels Television), the DSS is a law-abiding agency of government committed to the protection of citizens.

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“The claim of abduction or use of enforced disappearances is an absolute lie and a make-up narrative designed to bring the Service to disrepute.

“The DSS is law-abiding and committed to the protection of citizens and sensitive government installations. In doing this, it will continue to discharge its mandate of intelligence collection and timely dissemination of same to relevant action agencies and stakeholders,” Afunanya added.

However, lawyers to Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popular known as Sunday Igboho; and leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu; have at different times accused the DSS of invading their respective residences without warrants of arrest.

DSS Operatives Arrest INEC Staff In Rivers Over Alleged Extortion

File photo of two DSS operatives having a conversation during an operation.

 

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission over alleged extortion in Rivers State.

INEC confirmed the arrest on Tuesday via a statement issued by its Public Affairs Officer in the state, Geraldine Ekelemu.

According to the electoral body, the staff – a security guard – was nabbed for allegedly extorting unsuspecting members of the public.

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Though the affected personnel’s identity was not revealed, Channels Television gathered that he was attached to INEC’s office in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.

Ekelemu stated that INEC has zero-tolerance for acts of extortion by its staff and would ensure that the security agencies investigate the allegation against the guard and any other allegations of illegality by its officials to ensure that every infraction is redressed and punished.

This is even as she urged members of the public to avoid acts of desperation that could render them vulnerable to fraudsters, adding that INEC offices in Rivers State are open and attending to potential registrants while registration is also ongoing in designated locations in some wards on a rotational basis.

Apart from the ongoing voter registration exercise, INEC also began the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards for those who sought transfers, who have lost their cards in Rivers.

 

FG Should Start Acting On Intelligence From Security Agencies – Falana

A file photo of Mr Femi Falana.

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, on Monday asked the Federal Government to start acting on intelligence from security agencies, especially the Department of State Services following a recent attack on a church in Ondo State.

Gunmen had attacked St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, killing scores of worshippers while injuring several others. The situation has drawn condemnation from Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors among others.

In a statement issued a day after the attack, Falana commiserated with the victims and families of the attack.

He said the government must go beyond issuing threats and alerting citizens of imminent attacks.

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This is even as he recalled that the Department of State Services (DSS) had on March 20 issued a statement claiming that it had discovered plans to cause violence in parts of the country, particularly in the north-central.

“Exactly nine days later, a group of terrorists attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train, killed over a dozen passengers and injured several others,” he said.

“Once again, on April 26, 2022, the SSS alerted Nigerians on alleged plans by some dangerous elements to launch bomb attacks on critical infrastructure and public places like worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the festive celebrations.

“As predicted, a group of unmasked armed terrorists stormed the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state where they detonated explosives in the church and then gunned down worshippers during service on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

“After the terrorist attack, the Ondo police command was reported to have deployed officers of the explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) unit,  better known as the anti-bomb squad, to Owo local government area.

“As expected, the federal government has condemned the reckless attack on the worshippers and threatened to bring the criminal elements to justice.

“However, governments at all levels must go beyond issuing threats. It is common knowledge that every country involved in the prosecution of war on terror is required to train security personnel and acquire adequate security gadgets to protect the people.

“Therefore, the federal government should ensure that the nation’s airports, trains, buses, courts, schools, malls, churches, mosques, banks and other public places are provided with screening machines and CCTV cameras.

“As a matter of urgency, the federal government and the various state governments should promptly act on intelligence reports compiled by the State Security Service and other security agencies.”

DSS Arrest Suspected Land-Grabber In Ogun

Two DSS operatives have a conversation during an operation.

 

The Department of State Service (DSS) has arrested a notorious land grabber, Adeogun Elijah for allegedly terrorising residents of Iju-Ota in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Elijah, popularly called Killer, was arrested on Monday in his home in Araromi Estate, Iyesi-Ota by the DSS tactical team.

The 40-year-old suspect was reported to be on the wanted list of the police for the alleged murder of Monday Eredua and Moruf Babalola respectively.

The suspect had previously evaded arrests by other sister security agencies.

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According to a source within the Ogun state command of the DSS, the suspect had seriously terrorised residents of Ipetu Baba-Ode via Iju-Ota, Ado Odo/Ota LGA.

The source informed Channels Television that the land grabber and his gang members had attacked killed and destroyed property with the intention to forcefully take over the community land.

He explained that the command received a petition dated 10th May 2022, by the Adelupo Family of Ipetu Baba Ode Community against the suspect for the alleged murder of Ereduwa and Babalola, who were respectively shot dead.

The source added that Elijah, who operates as an estate agent in Ota, was also reported to have severed the hands and heads of his victims and dumped their remains in the swamp, to prevent the bodies from being discovered.

“Following the receipt of the petition from the Adelupo Family of Ipetu Baba Ode Community, on May 10, over threat to life and murder of one Monday Ereduwa on 17th November 2021 and Moruf Babalola, on the 26th May 2021, the tactical team of the command conducted a special operation which led to the arrest of Elijah, otherwise known as ‘Killer’ and one other, Oyelekan Okunade,” said the source.

“The suspect had earlier been declared wanted by the police and even evaded various attempts to arrest him by sister security agencies. The suspect had also terrorised the community, harassed and attacked the residents with the view to forcefully taking over the community land.”

“It was also reported that the suspect was in the habit of harvesting the hands and heads of his victims, and later dumped the remains in the swamp to prevent the bodies from being discovered. The suspect, will, however, be handed over to the police for further investigation.”

DSS Alerts Nigerians Of Bomb Attacks On Worship, Relaxation Centres

A file photo of DSS officials on an official assignment in Abuja.

 

Some criminal elements plan to return the country to the pre-2015 era reminiscent of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country, the Department of State Services (DSS) has said.

The Public Relations Officer of the security agency, Dr Peter Afunanya, raised the alarm in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

He stated that while the DSS has received reports on cases of such incidents in some areas, it has uncovered a plot by suspected criminal gangs to forge an alliance.

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Their objective, Afunanya explained, was to launch further attacks on critical infrastructure and other public places frequently visited, such as worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.

He added that the groups intend to achieve some self-serving interests and cause fear among the people, and warned managers and owners of such centres to be cautious and implement basic security measures to deter the threats.

The DSS said it would continue to disrupt the trend and pattern of violent attacks and asked the people to go about their lawful businesses

 

Read the full statement below:

PUBLIC ALERT ON RENEWED BOMB EXPLOSIONS

The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby draws public attention to plans by criminal elements to return the country to the pre-2015 era reminiscent of IED attacks on soft and hard targets in parts of the country.

Though there are already reported cases of such incidents in some areas, the Service has uncovered a ploy by suspected criminal gangs to forge an alliance among themselves with a view to launching further attacks on critical infrastructure and other frequented public places like worship and relaxation centres, especially during and after the holidays and festive celebrations.

The objective is to achieve some self-serving interests as well as cause fear among the citizenry. The Service, however, recalls its earlier warning that some groups and individuals were plotting to stoke violence in the country.

Following these, patrons, owners, and managers of the aforementioned public places are advised to be wary of this development and implement basic security measures to deter the threats.

While the Service is committed to the disruption of this trend and pattern of violent attacks, it will continue to partner with other security agencies to ensure that necessary drills are emplaced in order that public peace and order are not jeopardised.

To this end, residents are enjoined to go about their lawful businesses and share, with security and law enforcement agencies, useful information on the activities of criminals.

Meanwhile, the DGSS, Alhaji Yusuf Magaji Bichi, fwc, wishes all and sundry a hitch-free Workers’ Day and Sallah celebrations.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi

Public Relations Officer

Department of State Services

National Headquarters

Abuja.

26th April 2022

DSS Arrest Eight Suspected Hackers, Fraudsters In Katsina

Some of the suspects arrested by the DSS

 

Operatives of the Katsina State Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested eight suspected hackers and fraudsters in the state.

The suspects were arrested with aim of getting rid of the activities of criminal elements operating in all parts of the state with several operations carried out by the command.

While parading the suspects before the Katsina DSS command headquarters, Katsina on Thursday, the Command’s Assistant Director in charge of operations and intelligence, Suleiman Bello, said three suspected hackers and fraudsters were tracked and arrested at Unguwar Sanusi area and Kwanar Farakwai of Kaduna North and lgabi local government areas of Kaduna State respectively.

He identified the suspects as; Imrana Yusuf (30years), Abba Rabi’u (25 years), and Ahmad Musa (23 years) who he explained have specialized in hacking into GSM numbers of top government officials and politically exposed persons in the state and outside to steal airtime worth thousands of naira.

The suspects, he further explained, have confessed to the crime, adding that three (3) mobile phones, which were used in the village in perpetrating the crime, were recovered from them.

In a related development, the Command has burst a suspected criminal syndicate that specializes in defrauding and swindling innocent job seekers by providing them with fake appointment letters of Katsina State Teachers Service Board (TSB) and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in exchange for a huge amount of money ranging from two hundred thousand naira (N200, 000) to five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) per head.

The suspects, five in their numbers, have defrauded unsuspecting job seekers
money amounting to over thirty million (N30m).

The suspects include; Riluwanu Bala TANWA (40 years), Muhammad Murtala Yahaya (46 years, Abdurrahman Salisu (42 years), and Nura Musa (35 years) with the name of the number five member of the syndicate was not made available.

Some of the items recovered from the syndicate on display include; one (1) set of HP desktop computers, one (1) HP laptop computer, one (1) Acer Laptop computer, copies of fake appointment letters, POS transaction receipts, and Zenith Bank statement of account.

Other items recovered in their possession are four (4) mobile phones as well as two (2) flash drives.

According to the Command, all the suspects would be charged to court
after the completion of the investigation.

Bamise’s Murder: Lagos Govt To Arraign BRT Driver Andrew Nice Today

The BRT Driver, Andrew Nice Omininikoron

 

The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) driver, Andrew Nice Omininikoron, accused of murdering 22-year-old fashion designer, Oluwabamise Ayanwola, will be arraigned today (on Tuesday) before a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) area of the state.

Channels Television gathered that the suspect would be arraigned before Justice Sherifat Sonaike on a four-count charge of conspiracy, murder, and two counts of rape.

The arraignment follows legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Dr Jide Martins, recommending the prosecution of the BRT driver.

Bamise went missing after boarding the BRT bus on Saturday, February 26. She was said to have boarded the bus which was going to Oshodi at about 7pm at Chevron Bus-stop.

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A photo collage of the victim Bamise and the BRT Bus

 

Until her death, she worked as a fashion designer at Chevron Estate in Ajah, Lagos, but spent the weekends at Ota, Ogun State, with her sister. Sadly, her body was found dumped by the roadside on Carter Bridge, Lagos Island.

The police, who confirmed the incident, said an unidentified man reportedly informed officials of the Ebute Ero Police Station about the incident.

The corpse was later taken to the Mainland Hospital Mortuary.

Andrew Nice Omininikoron, 47, was later arrested at his hiding place at Ososa, Ogun State by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).