Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has broken his silence following the arrest of his spokesman and self-styled terrorist negotiator, Tukur Mamu, by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Mamu, a journalist and publisher, was recently arrested by operatives of the Interpol last Tuesday at the Cairo International Airport, Egypt on his way to Saudi Arabia and returned to Nigeria where he has been in the detention facility of the DSS.
The DSS had issued a statement saying Mamu was a “person of interest” and had some answers to provide on his links with terrorists who attacked and kidnapped passengers on a Kaduna-bound train from Abuja on March 28.
However, Gumi has accused the DSS of carrying out acts of terrorism against Mamu, calling for him to be released or charged to court.
Gumi, a retired military officer, stated that anybody arrested over an alleged crime needs to be taken to court within 24 hours.
Gumi who stated this at his weekly sermon at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna said Mamu was arrested because of his role in assisting victims of terrorist attacks.
“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,” Gumi said.