Alhaji Tukur Mamu, spokesman for Kaduna-based cleric, Ahmad Gumi who participated in the controversial negotiations that resulted in the release of several train passengers, has spoken out about his experience in Egypt.
According to Daily Trust, the Kaduna based publisher was arrested in Cairo, Egypt, “on orders of the Nigerian Government.”
Mamu, who claimed to be traveling to Saudi Arabia for a lesser Hajj, is reportedly being repatriated to Nigeria after spending 24 hours in detention at Cairo International Airport.
The cleric told Daily Trust on the flight back to Nigeria that nothing illegal was discovered on him, the Egyptian government had notified him that there was no justification for keeping him in custody any longer,” he said.
“I was on my way to Cairo-Egypt but my destination was Saudi Arabia for my Umrah alongside some of my family members. I was detained for 24 hours at the Cairo International Airport under the orders of Nigerian Government. I was not harassed at the Nigerian Airport until I got to Cairo when the security officials there told me that they had orders to arrest me by Nigerian Department of State Security (DSS). We were arrested alongside my family members for the whole day at Cairo Airport,” he said.
“Right now they boarded the next available flight for me and my family members back home to Kano. I’m sure the DSS officials would likely be waiting for me at the Kano airport today (Wednesday). I don’t have anything to hide and I’m not afraid of them (DSS). I swear to God I’m not afraid of them. I just want the world to know of what is happening” he said.
Mamu has been accused of acting more in the interests of the terrorists than of Nigeria, but he has angrily denied these claims on numerous times.