DSS confirms detention of Kaduna train hostage negotiator

DSS confirms detention of Kaduna train hostage negotiator

The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the detention of the self acclaimed Kaduna train hostage negotiator, Mr Tukur Mamu.

Dr Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of DSS said this in a statement on Wednesday, September 7, in Abuja.

He said the clarification followed series of enquires in respect of the arrest or otherwise of Mamu.

“This is to confirm that Mamu, as a person of interest, was intercepted by Nigeria’s foreign partners at Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday while on his way to Saudi Arabia.

“He was returned to the country on Wednesday and had been taken into the Service’s custody,” he said.

Afunanya said the arrest followed a request by Nigeria’s Military, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community to their foreign partners to bring back Mamu to the country.

He said the request was for him to answer critical questions on ongoing investigations relating to some security matters in parts of the country.

The DSS spokesman sad the law would appropriately take its course in the matter.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has dissolved all the anti-vandal units of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) guarding oil pipelines in Niger Delta as part of ongoing efforts to eliminate connivance with some bad eggs in the system with non-state actors.

Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Audi, ordered the dissolution, on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 in Abuja.

He made this known during a meeting with the top management and all state commandants of the corps. Specifically, he said the dissolution followed the directive of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; to with immediate effect dissolve all anti-vandal units of the corps.

He added that all road blocks in the troubled areas that were not approved by the corps have also been ordered to be dismantled.

On reason for the dissolution, he said there was a need to reconstitute the units; so as to introduce fresh blood and do away with security operatives who may be accomplices.

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He said: “We have made it very clear, that henceforth; we are going to hold commandants responsible for any breach in their various states; especially in the area of vandalism.

“In view of that, we have received reports. Therefore, the minister has approved the reorganisation of a department in the corps, known as anti-vandalism. You are to note that all anti-vandal teams nationwide are hereby dissolved…All road blocks mounted by such individuals should be immediately dismantled.

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