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How Bandits/hostages’ negotiator Tukur Mamu was arrested, interrogated in Egypt for repatriation to Nigeria

Secne of the Abuja-Kaduna Train Disaster

*Tukur Mamu, Lead Negotiator between the Federal Government and bandits in the Northern Nigeria, says he was subjected to investigation by Egyptian security agencies at Cairo International Airport for 24 hours

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Security agencies have arrested Tukur Mamu, Lead Negotiator between the Nigerian Government and bandits in Northern Nigeria, in Cairo, Egyptian capital.

Mamu has been vocal about his role in negotiating the freedom of persons kidnapped by bandits from a train en route to Kaduna from Abuja, late March 2022.

The security operatives arrested Mamu alongside members of his family, report Daily Trust.

Mamu was reportedly on his way to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj, when he was detained at the Cairo International Airport for 24 hours.

He is being repatriated to Nigeria, according to report.

Mamu was quoted to disclosed that he left Nigeria Tuesday, September 6, 2022, and was subjected to investigation by Egyptian security agencies, but was not indicted with anything incriminating.

The bandits’ negotiator had alleged that the Nigerian Government planned to detain him in Egypt, a similar pattern to the arrest of Yoruba separatist Sunday Igboho, who was arrested in the Republic of Benin and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

According to Mamu, the Egyptian Government found that his travelling documents were genuine.

It is recalled that Mamu, August this year, had disclosed that he was pulling out of the negotiation with bandits in the country.

He purported there were threats to his life and alleged blackmail by the Nigerian Government.

Mamu’s arrest reportedly comes a day after Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, reassured Nigerians, that the worst of insecurity is over in the country.

Mohammed said although there might still be pockets of attacks nationwide, the situation could never be worse.

The Minister spoke Monday, September 5, at a joint media briefing with three other heads of ministries, including Ministers of Defence, Bashir Magashi; Police, Dr. Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi and Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

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