Staff member of Desert Herald, a Kaduna-based journal owned by embattled terrorists’ negotiator Tukur Mamu, has been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS).
According to information obtained, Mubarak Tinja, a staff member at Desert Herald and the younger brother of Ibrahim Tinja, the publisher and his son who were arrested on Wednesday, was detained early on Thursday morning while attempting to retrieve phones and other devices that had been seized from Tukur Mamu’s home.
According to his family, Tinja was seized after he and a buddy went to the DSS office in Kaduna at around 5 o’clock.
When Mubarak Tinja’s phones were taken by the DSS, they left a message instructing him to return them to their office, where he eventually did so with a buddy. About 9 o’clock in the evening, security personnel reportedly requested his companion to return home, and when his friend inquired about Tinja, the agents said that they were holding Tinja for questioning.
Multiple searches of Mamu’s Kaduna residences and workplace, as well as those of his brother-in-law and father-in-law, have reportedly been undertaken by security personnel since Wednesday, The publisher’s father-in-law was also taken in by the secret police.
The DSS had issued a statement saying Mamu, who had helped free numerous captives during the March terrorist attack on a train, has questions to answer about the status of security in Nigeria.
However, prominent Islamic scholar Dr. Ahmed Gumi has demanded that the Nigerian government and security forces either bring criminal charges against the Desert Herald’s publisher or free him, arguing that the illegal detention of Nigerian citizens can be viewed as an act of terrorism.