CSO Calls For Mamu’s Prosecution, Gumi’s Arrest; Alleges Incitement

CSO Calls For Mamu’s Prosecution, Gumi’s Arrest; Alleges Incitement

By Paul Effiong, Abuja

A non-governmental organization, Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), and a pro-democracy civil society and human rights group, has call for prosecution of Publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald, Tukur Mamu, a self-confessed negotiator of the Kaduna-Abuja train kidnap.

In a press statement, yesterday by the Executive Secretary of CWAI, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele noted that as a result of the recent upsurge and agitations owing to the role played by Tukur Mamu, the DSS swung into action and he is presently under investigated.

The NGO equally condemned the uncontrolled and uncouth utterances of Sheikh Ahmad Mahmud Gumi, Kaduna-based controversial Islamic cleric, to whom Mamu is Chief Press Secretary/spokesperson.

They observed that the utterances of the sheikh are capable of inciting innocent Nigerians and whipping sentiments along ethnic and religious lines.

The group has commended the frantic efforts of the Department of State Services (DSS) for the professional job and handling of the sensitive issue so far.

It recalled that Mamu was arrested in Egypt precisely in Cairo International Airport on his way to Saudi Arabia to perform the Lesser Hajj (Umrah) and was sent back.

CWAI further observed that many Nigerians in captivity of bandits were tortured and Mamu’s ignoble role was to negotiate for the captured or kidnapped victims to pay ransom to the bandits before they could be released.

The group alleged that during DSS investigations and search in his office and residence, a large cache of military accoutrements, huge sums of foreign currencies, debit and credit cards, cheques of various banks as well as other financial instruments/transactions were recovered.

“As professionals, CWAI executives know what a Publisher earns, even when his newspaper or magazine enjoys the high patronage in terms of advertisements and sponsored articles.

“In view of this, CWAI makes bold to assert that Mamu’s lifestyle and job done are not commensurate with the large amounts of money found on him and, as such, the DSS has diligently approached the court for another 60 days extension to be able to conduct and conclude a thorough investigation”.

According to our investigations, since the detention of Tukur Mamu, his boss Sheikh Gumi has been vociferous in his condemnation of the DSS’ action and has poured out his vituperations on the state institution as well as calling it all sorts of names in order to derail the investigation.

“We have it on good authority and according to our findings that he has been going from one social institution to another, including social gatherings to preach in order to whip up sentiments on religious grounds and calling names, just as he is abusing the constituted authorities”, he stated.