Tukur Mamu, a suspected terrorist negotiator, had his bail plea denied by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
According to Newsmen, Mamu, who oversaw last year’s negotiations between robbers and the relatives of the passengers on the abducted Abuja-Kaduna train, was detained in Cairo, Egypt.
In September 2022, the newspaper publisher was detained at Cairo International Airport and sent back to Nigeria.
Mamu was allegedly traveling to Saudi Arabia with family members to perform a smaller version of the Hajj when he was detained and held by Egyptian authorities for 24 hours before being returned to Nigeria.
Since then, he has been held at the Department of State Services (DSS) facility. Mamu was charged by the Federal Government on March 21.
The Islamic scholar from Kaduna was also charged with soliciting money from the families of the victims of the train bombing on behalf of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Investigations, according to FG, showed that the defendant obtained a total of $420,000 from the families of the victims and another N21,000,000 from a different group of train assault victims’ families.
The Federal Government (FG) claimed that the defendant had voice note conversations with one Baba Adamu, who was named as the spokesperson for Boko Haram, in the charge that was signed by the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, DPPF, Mr. M.B. Abubakar.
But on Friday, the court said it was persuaded by a counter-affidavit the DSS filed to oppose Mamu’s request for release, according to a judgement issued by trial Justice Inyang Ekwo.
Among other things, Justice Ekwo ruled that Mamu’s motion lacked merit and that the applicant had not presented enough evidence to persuade the court to exercise its discretion in his favor.
The judge argued that the defendant had not refuted the Federal Government’s allegations that he was a flight risk and likely to commit more crimes.
He said, “Generally, the law is that where averments in a counter affidavit are not countered, they are accepted to be true and correct and they require no further elaboration. This is because facts admitted need no further proof.”
Even though the defendant claimed that the SSS custody, where he was being kept, could not address his medical issues, Justice Ekwo held that the court would have to take other factors into account before making a decision.
“Again, the court will weigh the evidence to see whether the custodians allow the applicant requisite access to medical treatment peculiar to his medical condition.
“The court will also take into account the attitude of the defendant/applicant to the medical facility provided to him by his custodian.
“Where there is a medical facility by the custodian of the defendant which can adequately take care of the medical condition of the defendant, then the application for bail on medical grounds will not be countenanced by the court,” The PUNCH quoted the judge saying.
“Now, where the defendant willfully rejects the medical facility given to him by his custodian merely for the fact that such facility is not up to the standard that he expects, then, he has no good medical grounds for bail application.
“A defendant who is in the custody of the state or agency of the state like the complainant/respondent must understand that his medical care is at the expense of the state and must be reasonable in his demands,” he said.
Ekwo argued that the evidence presented to the court showed that the defendant was transferred to Arewa Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Jabi by the security company only after declining the DSS medical services.
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