The Department of State Services (DSS) found military equipment and large sums of money in different currencies during the raid on Tukur Mamu’s Kaduna residence and office in Kaduna.
The spokesman for the DSS, Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in reaction to an inquiry about a raid carried out on the Kaduna house and office of Mamu in the early hours of Thursday, September 8, 2022, by the operatives of the secret police.
Recall, it was reported that the DSS stormed the residence and office of Tukur Mamu, following his arrest at the Aminu Kano International Airport on Wednesday.
Mamu, who is the Publisher of Desert Herald Newspaper in Kaduna, was until recently negotiated the release of some of the hostages in the March 2022 train abduction in Kaduna.
After ransacking the home, and carting away phones, laptops and documents, the operatives moved to Mamu’s office at Unguwan Sarki around 4 am.
An eyewitness from the office stated that the operatives broke into a safe in the office and also seized the phones of security guards.
But Afunaya in his response said that many things recovered from those places raided were so incriminating, saying the arrested publisher of the Kaduna-based newspaper, Desert Herald, would be charged to court.
‘‘So far, appropriate security agencies have executed valid search warrants on Mamu’s residence and office. During the processes, incriminating materials including military accoutrements 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,’’ Afunanya said.
However, speaking with one of our correspondents earlier, a member of Mamu’s family alleged that operatives of the DSS had pencilled down associates of the publisher and were monitoring their activities. He said some of Mamu’s close associates had gone into hiding for fear that they might be picked up by security agents.
The family member also confirmed that Mamu’s two wives who were deported with him had been released and returned to Kaduna while the publisher, his oldest son, Faisal; and his brother-in-law were still in custody.
The family source who pleaded anonymity for fear of intimidation said Mamu’s family had been traumatised by “the intimidation of operatives of the DSS” adding that over 50 personnel had raided the home and office of the publisher.
“We are still in trauma and shock over this intimidation. We call on conscientious Nigerians not to allow this injustice to prevail. This is a man who put his life at stake for the sake of others, yet all he could get was harassment, intimidation, and threats to life. This can only happen in a country that has suppressed the rule of law and rights of its citizens,” he said.