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Court dismisses Mamu’s request for transfer from DSS custody

JUSTICE Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has denied alleged terrorist negotiator Mohammed Tukur Mamu’s request to be transferred from the Department of State Service (DSS) custody to the Kuje Correctional Centre.

Justice Ekwo ruled today that the Federal Government had used the issue of frequent jailbreaks in prisons as a significant reason to oppose the request for transfer to Kuje.

The judge further stated that Mamu did not contradict or dispute the assertions as required by law.

According to the judge, because Mamu did not oppose the averments, they are considered facts, and facts allowed require no additional proof.

The judge then ordered Mamu to remain in DSS custody until his trial on the criminal accusations against him.

Justice Ekwo, on the other hand, reaffirmed his previous decision that he should be permitted to see his doctor for medical care while under the surveillance of the DSS.

Mamu, through his lawyer, claimed on April 29 that the DSS failed to comply with a court order issued on December 19, 2023, requiring him to have access to his physician for medical treatment.

In his motion on notice, the alleged terrorist negotiator stated that he was given access to a physician once, and that a report of a full medical examination to be performed on him was provided to the DSS.

Since the report’s submission, Mamu has maintained that the physician has not been granted access to him and that he requires urgent surgical procedures in any facility in the country.

The defendant further stated that his health had deteriorated and that he could die if he was not transported from DSS custody to Kuje Prison.

He committed to attend court on a regular basis, saying that he can only stand trial while living.

Recall that Mamu was arrested at Aminu Kano International Airport following his arrival from Egypt on September 6, 2022, for allegedly having a contact with the terrorists that attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022.

On March 21, 2023, the DSS charged him with ten counts of terrorism financing, among others, but he pleaded not guilty.

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