By Mohammed I. Yaba
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, has urged the Department of State Services (DSS) to either release or charge Tukur Mamu in court.
Gumi, citing the law, stated that anyone arrested for an alleged crime must be taken to court within 24 hours.
It had been reported that Mamu, who had negotiated the release of some of the victims of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack, had been detained at Cairo International Airport while on his way to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj.
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He was deported back and picked up at Kano International Airport by the DSS.
The DSS later stated that Mamu has questions to answer about the country’s rising insecurity.
During his weekly preaching at Sultan Bello Mosque, Gumi said Mamu was arrested because of his role in assisting victims of terrorist attacks.
The cleric, who said God has a way of testing a believer, added that the arrest of Mamu was God’s way of testing his faith, praying that Mamu would overcome it.
“Take him to court let the 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.
“How can we continue in this situation under a government that is about to wind up? Our hope is for them to finish successfully not in a bad light. It’s not about Tukur Mamu, you all know that whenever they arrest innocent people, I always talk, not to talk of someone that I know and. I’m only advising the government to release him so that we can apologize to him to forget what happened.”