Controversial Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi has revealed that the continued detention of his media consultant, Tukur Mamu, by the Department of State Services (DSS) can be described as an act of terrorism.
According to to some of the recet reports, Gumi had reiterated this during his weekly preaching at Sultan Bello Mosque on Saturday.
He asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to either charge Mamu to a court or release him from detention.
“Take him to court to face trial. Keeping him in custody despite being a family man was just to intimidate him. This intimidation is also terrorism. Arresting people unjustly is also terrorism; just like the terrorists do by going to somebody’s house to kidnap him,” Daily Trust quoted Gumi as saying.
“How can we continue in this situation under a government that is about to wind up? Our hope is for them to finish successfully not in a bad light. It’s not about Tukur Mamu, you all know that whenever they arrest innocent people, I always talk, not to talk of someone that I know and I’m only advising the government to release him so that we can apologize to him to forget what happened.”
Mamu had negotiated the release of persons abducted on a train to Kaduna in March 2022.
On Wednesday, he was arrested at the Kano international airport after he returned from Egypt, where he was detained on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj.
On Thursday, the DSS said security operatives had also found some incriminating materials like a few documents of military accoutrements and large amounts of different currencies in Mamu’s house and office. In a statement published in Desert Herald, his family said the military accoutrements belong to Mamu’s nephew, who passed out from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 2019.