As agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) raid train attack negotiator, Tukur Mamu’s in-laws and family members’ home, the management of the Desert Herald put them warned against what she described as a media lawsuit by her publisher Mamu.
Mamu has been held by the DSS since his arrest by INTERPOL in Egypt on Tuesday while traveling to Saudi Arabia.
A statement signed Friday by the newspaper’s head of special projects, Ibrahim Mada, said the “military equipment” found at Mamu’s residence by DSS agents belonged to his son, who is a naval officer.
Besides her home, DSS agents also raided the homes of Mamu’s in-laws and other family members in the early hours of Friday.
Management has urged the DSS to avoid trial by the media as it continues to raid the residences of its publisher, in-laws and other family members.
The statement reads in part: “We urge the Department of State Services to avoid the media trial of Malam Tukur Mamu (Dan Iyan Fika), publisher of the Desert Herald newspaper, whom they have arrested and held since Tuesday. September 6.
“The DSS in a Thursday, September 8, 2022 press release titled “UPDATE ON TUKUR MAMU” claimed during their raids on his residence and office in Kaduna that a large sum of money in various currencies and denominations, as well as military equipment, were recovered.
“Although the DSS has not indicated the actual amount of the alleged large sum found in his home and office, we would like to clarify that the ‘military equipment’ found in his home are military kits (uniform and barret belonging to his son, Yahaha Bello, a naval officer who graduated from the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA).
“Bello was raised by Tukur and he lives in his house.
Two weeks ago, at Tukur Mamu. younger brother, Muhammad Saleh Mamu, an air force officer was killed during an anti-terrorist mission in Zamfara.
While shedding light on raids by the Nigerian secret police on the residences of Mamu’s in-laws and other families, the management of the Desert Herald said the DSS stormed an Abdullahi Mashi that the were believed to be Mamu’s in-laws and had left with cell phones, cash and other valuables in the house and took him away.
“Besides detaining Tukur Mamu along with his two sons, Faisal Tukur Mamu and Ibrahim Husaini Mamu, DSS agents early Friday morning at 12:00 p.m. (Friday September 9, 2022) stormed Abdullahi Mashi’s residence and collected residents’ phones and cash. and other valuables in the house and took him away. Mashi is Mamu’s brother-in-law.
“The DSS also raided Ibrahim Husaini Mamu’s apartment around 3am this morning. They found nothing incriminating in any of the homes they searched,” the statement added.
The management of the Desert Herald newspaper said the arrest was an attempt to intimidate its publisher.