The State Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday morning, September 8, 2022, 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, negotiated the release of some of the hostages in the March 2022 train abduction in Kaduna.
He was earlier arrested by Interpol in Egypt on his way to lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia. He was forced to return home to face further questioning by Nigerian authorities.
A family source who spoke on anonymity stated that the armed security operatives raided his house and office at about 12:30 a.m.
The source said the operatives seized phones and laptop computers found at the premises.
The source also revealed that Mamu’ s wives who were travelling with him to Saudi Arabia have been released. However, his son, Ibrahim, and son-in-law Faisal, are still being held by security operatives.
The Management of Desert Herald Newspaper had in a statement on Wednesday condemned the arrest and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of its publisher.
Several weeks ago, Mr Mamu withdrew as the lead negotiator in securing the release of the hostages of the Kaduna train abduction. He accused the Nigerian government of threatening his life.
The terrorists who carried out the train attack are still holding on to some of the passengers.
Meanwhile, the DSS has said Mamu was arrested for his alleged involvement in collecting ransom and taking same to terrorists in exchange for the kidnapped victims.