The Department of State Services (DSS) says the outcome of its investigation on Tukur Mamu, negotiator between bandits who kidnapped Kaduna train passengers and the victims’ relatives, is “mind-boggling”.
Mamu, publisher of Desert Herald, was arrested at the Kano International Airport, after he returned from Egypt where he had been detained on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj.
Mamu is media to Ahmad Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric, and commenting on his arrest, Gumi had said detaining Mamu is an act of terrorism and that the DSS should either charge him to court or release him.
Reacting in a statement on Sunday, Peter Afunaya, DSS spokesperson, said the security agency would not be distracted by “skewed utterances”.
Afunaya asked the public to wait for the commencement of court proceedings.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) has followed, with keen observation, overzealous comments by sections of the public in view of issues relating to the arrest and investigation of Tukur Mamu,” he said.
“The service wishes that it is not distracted with some of the skewed narratives pervading the media space.
“Instead, it requests to be left alone to concentrate on the ongoing investigations, the outcomes of which have remained mind-boggling.
“Meanwhile, the service will cease further comments on the subject matter since the court will determine its course.
“Consequently, the public is hereby enjoined to desist from making unguarded utterances and await the court proceedings.”