Absence of FG’s counsel delays trial of ‘Terrorist Negotiator’ Tukur Mamu
The trial commencement of Tukur Mamu, who is accused of having ties with terrorists involved in an attack on a Kaduna-bound train last year, was stalled due to the absence of counsel for the Federal Government.
The trial was scheduled before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja. Mamu’s counsel informed the court that the prosecuting counsel was unavailable due to training, leading to an adjournment of the trial to July 19.
Tukur Mamu, a former negotiator with terrorists, was arraigned on March 21 by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on ten counts related to terrorism financing, particularly in connection with the recent Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
During the proceedings, Mamu pleaded not guilty to the charges. On April 27, the court denied his bail application, citing his failure to refute the claims made in the counter-affidavit filed by the Department of State Services (DSS), the agency detaining him.
Mamu’s arrest occurred on September 6, 2022, when he was en route to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj but was detained at Cairo International Airport and subsequently repatriated to Nigeria.
The charges against Mamu allege his involvement in aiding and abetting Boko Haram terrorism attacks against innocent Nigeria I’m inclined to the private sector, not eyeing any position in Tinubu’s govt, el-Rufai
He is accused of receiving various amounts of money in different currencies from the families of the victims of the train attack.
The collected funds reportedly amounted to $420,000, along with an additional N21 million from other affected families.
Furthermore, Mamu is accused of concealing these terrorism funds in his residence in Kaduna, which violates the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention, Prohibition Act. However, Mamu has steadfastly denied all the charges brought against him.
The absence of the Federal Government’s counsel, which caused the delay in the trial, raises questions about the progress and handling of the case.
Mamu’s defense lawyer, Obiabo Francis-Amedo, notified the court about the situation and revealed that the prosecution had proposed a date before the vacation period.
Consequently, Justice Ekwo scheduled the trial to resume on July 19. The adjournment being at the prosecution’s request indicates that both sides need ample time to prepare and present their arguments in what is undoubtedly a high-profile case involving terrorism-related charges.
The trial of Tukur Mamu has garnered significant attention due to the gravity of the allegations against him.
As a former negotiator with terrorists, his alleged involvement in aiding and abetting terrorism has raised concerns about the security situation in Nigeria.
The attack on the Kaduna-bound train was a tragic incident that shocked the nation, and the authorities are determined to hold those responsible accountable.
Mamu’s denial of the charges and the court’s refusal to grant him bail based on his health and the DSS’s counter-affidavit have further intensified the legal battle.
The prosecution will have the burden of proving Mamu’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, while the defense will strive to present a compelling case challenging the credibility of the accusations.
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