On Thursday, armed agents from the Department of State Services (DSS) broke into the home of Tukur Mamu, the mediator between terrorists and Abuja-Kaduna train passengers, and stole computers and documents.
On Wednesday, Egyptian authorities apprehended Mamu in Cairo and extradited him to Nigeria, where the DSS immediately picked him up.
On March 28, 2022, terrorists kidnapped dozens of people from a train headed towards Kaduna, and Mamu successfully negotiated for their release.
According to reports, DSS agents surrounded Mamu’s house and office on Thursday morning. Mamu is the editor-in-chief of the Desert Herald.
Approximately fifty heavily armed DSS personnel assaulted the house in commando fashion at 12:30 a.m., according to a family source, and searched the entire compound, turning the house and office upside down in the process.
Officers arrived in a big motorcade, fully armed, and the ensuing chaos woke us up.
They searched his home and business at random, but discovered nothing illegal or suspicious.
They took everything of our electronic equipment, including our phones and computers. There is still a lot of stress and shock from that intimidation on our end. We implore all decent Nigerians to stop this injustice from taking hold.
For risking his own life to save others, all this man has received is abuse, intimidation, and death threats. The relative remarked, “This could only happen in a society where the rule of law and citizens’ rights have been suppressed.”