The family of the embattled bandits negotiator, Tukur Mamu, who was arrested by operatives of the Department of Security Services (DSS) last Friday has said that the military accoutrements men of the security agents found in his home belong to his nephew who is an officer of the Nigerian Navy.
The DSS on Thursday, September 8, confirmed it raided Mamu’s Kaduna home and office, and recovered military accoutrements, different currencies and denominations and other “incriminating materials.”
The family in a statement released said the DSS operatives broke into his wives rooms and unlawfully carried out the search. The statement in part reads
”The cooked up phantom allegations the Department of Security Services (DSS) concocted in its desperation to give the publisher a bad name in order to rope him.
The department made allusions that military accoutrements and hard currency were found in the home of Tukur Mamu with a view to sway public opinion against the publisher who has made supreme sacrifices towards nixing the raging insecurity in the land.
The public may wish to know that the military accoutrements found in the home of the publisher belongs to his nephew who is an officer of the Nigerian Navy. Tukur Mamu who played the role of a father, was responsible for the upkeep and school expenses of the nephew till he enrolled in the Nigerian Navy.
Again in its desperation to smear the name of Mamu, the DSS said it has found huge amount of hard currency without stating how much it found. It is incumbent for the general public to know that the total amount of the hard currency found in Mamu’s house if converted into naira is less that N1.5m, yet the DSS is trying to make the situation look bad by saying huge haul of hard currency was found in his house.
At this point it is pertinent to ask when does it become a crime for someone to within his income limit had foreign currency in his house? Or is it a crime for one to have a member of his family in the Nigerian Armed Forces?
This distortion of information and media trial against Mamu is a pointer to the desperation of the DSS to rope the man at all cost for the sacrifices he is making to ensure an end to the raging insecurity in the land.”