Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Tukur Mamu or charge him to court as required by law.
The cleric made the call while preaching at Sultan Bello Mosque, claiming that Mamu was arrested because of his role in assisting victims of terrorist attacks.
Gumi said under the Nigerian law, anybody arrested over an alleged crime needs to be taken to court within 24 hours.
Mamu, who negotiated the release of some of the victims of the Kaduna -Abuja train attack, was arrested at Cairo International Airport on his way to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj.
He was deported back and arrested on his arrival at Kano International Airport by DSS operatives.
According to the DSS, the Kaduna-based publisher has questions to answer on the rising insecurity in the country.
The secret police, who raided his Kaduna home and office, said incriminating materials were found and that he would be charged to court. The DSS also later arrested his brother-in-law after raiding his residence as well.
But reacting, Gumi, an associate of Mamu, said God has a way of testing a believer, adding that the arrest of Mamu was God’s way of testing his faith, praying that Mamu would overcome it.
The cleric said, “Take him to court to face trial. Keeping him in custody despite being a family man was just to intimidate him. This intimidation is also terrorism. Arresting people unjustly is also terrorism; just like the terrorists do by going to somebody’s house to kidnap him.
“How can we continue in this situation under a government that is about to wind up? Our hope is for them to finish successfully not in a bad light. It’s not about Tukur Mamu, you all know that whenever they arrest innocent people, I always talk, not to talk of someone that I know and I’m only advising the government to release him so that we can apologize to him to forget what happened.”