DSS Withdraws Suit Against Former Terrorists' Negotiator, Tukur Mamu

By Damilare Adeleye

The Department of State Services (DSS) has withdrawn a suit filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja seeking to detain the former terrorists’ negotiator, Tukur Mamu, for 60 more days after his arrest.

The counsel to the DSS, A.M. Danlami, informed Justice Nkeonye Maha shortly after the matter was called for hearing.

The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1619/2022 between SSS and Tukur Mamu, was listed for further proceedings on the day’s cause list.

Upon resumed hearing, Danlami, who sought to withdraw the case, said that the matter has been overtaken by events.

“My Lord, this matter is slated for hearing today. However, the matter has been overtaken by events. We wish to withdraw the suit,” he said.

Following the application, Justice Maha struck out the suit.

“Application of the learnerd counsel succeeds. The application is hereby struck out having been withdrawn,” she ruled.

Recall that the security intelligence agency, through its lawyer, Ahmed Magaji, had, on September 13, moved an ex-parte motion, which sought an order of the court to detain Mamu for 60 more days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of its investigation.

The motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022, was dated and filed on Sept. 12.

It asked the court to grant its prayers to enable it to conclude its investigation on Mamu, who had been leading the negotiation with terrorists for the release of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers kidnapped in March.