The Department of State Services may soon arrest the controversial Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, as part of the wider investigations into the allegations for which terrorists’ negotiator, Tukur Mamu, was arrested.
FirstNews gathered from an inside source that Mamu had made some confessional statements which the agency was working on as leads and this would prompt the questioning of some of his associates and “godfathers” including Gumi.
Gumi was earlier invited in June by the DSS over alleged links and connections to terrorists but he was later released by the agency.
Already, a staff member of the Desert Herald, a Kaduna-based media platform owned by Mamu, the Embattled terrorists’ negotiator, identified as Mubarak Tinja, has been detained by the DSS.
Tinja was detained after he was invited by security operatives to retrieve phones and other equipment confiscated from Tukur Mamu’s residence in the early hours of Thursday.
“The DSS went to the house and left a note for Mubarak Tinja to come to their office for the phones they confiscated and so he went with a friend. Sometime around 9pm, security agents asked his friend to return home and when he asked about Tinja, they said they were keeping him for questioning,” a family member said.
On Thursday, heavily armed operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) raided the residence and office of Tukur Mamu, carting away computers and documents.
It was learnt that DSS operatives laid siege to the home and office of Mamu, who is also the Editor-In-Chief of Desert Herald Newspaper.
A family source said about 50 heavily armed DSS personnel stormed the house around 12:30am in commando style and turned the house and office upside down as they searched the entire compound.
“We were awakened by the pandemonium that announced the arrival of the officers who came in a large motorcade and were armed to the teeth.
“They conducted a random search in the house and his office but nothing incriminating or suspicious was found.
“But they seized all our handheld gadgets and computers. We are still in trauma and shock over this intimidation. We call on conscientious Nigerians not to allow this injustice to prevail.
“This is a man who puts his life at stake for the sake of others, yet all he could get was harassment, intimidation and threats to life. This can only happen in a country that has suppressed the rule of law and rights of its citizens,” the family source said.