The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday told a Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja that its preliminary investigation established that hostage negotiator, Tukur Mamu, is a terror sponsor.
In an affidavit in support of its ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022 and filed before the court, the DSS also described Mamu as a logistic supplier to both local and foreign terror groups.
The security agency added that Mamu,who had been leading negotiations with the abductors of the Kaduna-bound train passengers March 28, was on his to a meeting with foreign terrorist leaders before his interception last week.
He was arrested on September 6 in Cairo, Egypt, with his two wives and deported. They were picked up on arrival at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano by operatives of the DSS.
His wives were later released by the operatives, who after ransacking his home and office, announced the recovery of incriminating materials, including military accoutrements.
Presiding Justice Evelyn Maha yesterday granted the motion ex-parte by counsel for the DSS, Ahmed Magaji. The motion sought an order to detain Mamu, who is the publisher of Desert Herald, for 60 days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
The motion, dated September 12, was filed by U.N. Dauda, a lawyer with the security outfit.