The Department of State Services (DSS) has secured a court order to detain Tukur Mamu, the Publisher of Desert Herald newspaper and self-appointed the terrorists’ negotiator for 60 more days.
Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in a short ruling on the ex-parte motion moved by counsel for the DSS, Ahmed Magaji, granted the motion as prayed.
The DSS, in the motion, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 dated and filed September 12, had 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.
Mamu was, on September 6, arrested in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, with his family members by foreign security agents.
Mamu, on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj, was detained at Cairo International Airport before being repatriated back to Nigeria.
The DSS had, on Sunday, warned Nigerians over making comments on its arrest of Mamu.
The DSS, in a statement by its Spokesman, Peter Afunaya, asked the public to leave the agency alone and allow it to concentrate on the investigations, which it said the outcomes had been “mindboggling.”
This came hours after the Islamic cleric, Sheik Gumi, to whom Mamu is an aide, had faulted the arrest of the negotiator.
Gumi, at a religious gathering on Friday in Kaduna, had asked the security agency to charge Mamu to the court of it had any evidence against him rather than keeping him in custody.