Egyptian police arrest Abuja-Kaduna train hostage negotiator

Tukur Mamu
Tukur Mamu

The Abuja-Kaduna train hostage negotiator, Tukur Mamu, was reportedly arrested by Interpol on Tuesday in Egypt.

According to Premium Times, Mamu who is also a spokesperson for the Kaduna-based cleric, Ahmad Gumi, was arrested and detained by Interpol at the Cairo International Airport while awaiting a connecting flight to Saudi Arabia.

It would be recalled that Mamu, who is the Publisher of Desert Herald Newspaper in Kaduna, negotiated the release of some of the victims of the March 2022 Kaduna Train attack.

Mamu said he left Nigeria Tuesday and after being investigated by the Egyptian security agencies, nothing incriminating was found in his possession.

Mamu insinuated a plan by the Nigerian government to detain him in another country just as was done to the self-acclaimed Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, but that could not happen because the Egyptian government found that his papers were genuine.

Through Tukur Mamu’s negotiation with the terrorists holding the passengers, many of them have been released, but not without paying hefty sums in ransom. At least N100 million was allegedly paid for each of the released hostages.

Mamu had earlier announced pulling out of the negotiation with bandits after alleging that the Nigerian government was threatening him.

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