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Tukur Mamu, The Negotiator Of Kaduna-Train Attack Hostages Arrested By DSS

Kaduna-based publisher, Tukur Mamu, who has been an advocate of negotiating with bandits, may have forgotten that he is not untouchable.

Mamu who is the publisher of Desert Herald Newspaper, may have thought he is enjoying immunity over all darts from the seat of power. Some observers strongly believe that something must be working for him because of how he has been interfacing with bandits. He ferries bandits opinions and terms to families of victims.

Mamu, who also doubles as spokesperson of the Kaduna-based cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, was arrested during the week at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, on his arrival from Egypt.

In the past months, he had been involved in the controversial negotiations that led to the release of several abducted passengers of the March 28 Abuja-Kaduna train attack, and this has infamously brought him to the limelight.

His troubles began while he was on his way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj. He was travelling alongside his two wives; Fatima Bashir Mamu and Aisha Salisu Mamu as well as his eldest son, Faisal Tukur Mamu, and his brother-in-law Ibrahim Hassan Tinja.

Far more than just bystander, Mamu as a non-state actor was fast-becoming more successful than the security agencies in brokering deals to free hostages.

Here are mind-blowing revelations by some Nigerians about Tukur Mamu:

Chukwudi Iwuchukwu writes;

This is Tukur Mamu.

He is the publisher of the Desert Herald, a newspaper outfit based in Kadunna.

He was arrested by Interpol a few days ago at Cairo airport on his way to Saudi Arabia and deported back to Nigeria, where he was picked up by DSS on arrival.

Now, here is why Tukur was picked up.

The influential Islamic cleric has access to Fulani herdsmen and the terrorists terrorizing North West Nigeria.

He is very close to Sheik Gumi and was more or less a protege of Gumi, who also has access to the same terrorists and has been pleading on their behalf that the government of the day should grant them amnesty.

Because of the access that Tukur had, he turned it into a business where he became the chief negotiator and the go-between between the victims kidnapped and the terrorists who kidnapped them.

So when a victim is kidnapped in Kaduna or Zamfara, for instance, the family of the kidnapped victim will go to meet Tukur, who has access to the terrorists.

Tukur would now get in touch with the terrorists on behalf of the family that contacted him and then negotiate on behalf of the victim being held by the terrorists.

When the price to pay as ransom was agreed upon between Tukur and the terrorists, Tukur would contact the family and then inform them how much they would pay to secure the release of their loved ones being held captive by terrorists.

When the money had been raised by the grieving and traumatized family, Tukur would collect his share, the commission for negotiating the release, and then hand over the rest to the terrorists to release this victim.

Sheikh Gumi and Tukur Mamu

A win/win situation for the both parties.

Business was flourishing as the terrorists were kidnapping victims every day.

Remember the Kaduna train attack?

Tukur negotiated the release of all the victims; they were released so long after they allegedly paid 100 million naira per head.

Only God knows how much commission he made from the deal but I was told it was in billions.

The same man brought his negotiating skills forward when Greenfriend university students and staff in Kaduna were kidnapped by bandits.

He facilitated the release of the students and staff of the university after negotiating how much they would pay for their release.

Tukur is so hilarious and dishonest that after cashing out from negotiations and then subsequent release of victims that he facilitated, he would appear on Arise TV and swear that he was doing this thankless work for free, without taking kobo from anyone, because he loved this country so much.

For Tukur Mamu, having access to Fulani herdsmen made him a billionaire over night.

Man was living large, a life of opulence that he could not afford to live when he was running his media publishing business full time.

He even flew first class with his two wives and sons to Cairo on their way to Saudi Arabia for Haji before they were picked up by interpol.

When they raided the house a few days ago, the DSS confirmed that they saw a large amount of foreign currency in it.

Apparently, he was saving his loot in dollars by hedging against inflation and the devaluation of Naira: What a smart business man that he is.

The Buhari government made a lot of criminals rich over night because of his incompetence.

Tukur Mamu is one of them.


A country where anything you see, you take it like that.

Another commentator, Umar Sani, also reacted to the trending story;

It is important to set the records straight. Tukur Mamu over time has been a blackmailer. He uses his Desert Herald weekly medium to extort money from politicians by writing damaging stories against them without the benefit of hindsight. He never hears from both sides.

This has earned him several reprimand and severe physical attempts and detentions by security agencies but because victims lack sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution he always gets away with it.

One of his ploy is to request you to pay double the advert rates in his medium to defend yourself. So if the cost of a page is say perhaps #250k you will pay #500k per page for a rejoinder.

He saw an opportunity that Sheik Gumi is revered in the North and decided to move close to him and appointed himself as the spokesman of the cleric.

Sensing the passion of the cleric to end banditry through negotiations for amnesty he cashed in on the opportunity and appointed himself as negotiator.

I happen to know this due to my several encounters with him while I was a government spokesman.

I can assure you the man is a crook. You can see no sympathy voices are raised in his favor. He is doomed to the gallows


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