The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a bail application filed by the alleged terrorist negotiator, Tukur Mamu, who was detained and held in custody by the State Security Services.
The court, in a ruling that was delivered by trial Justice Inyang Ekwo, said it was persuaded by a counter-affidavit the Department of State Services filed to oppose Mamu’s request for bail.
Justice Ekwo held, among others, that Mamu’s application was without merit and that the applicant failed to provide sufficient materials to move the court to exercise its discretion in his favour.
He noted that the defendant failed to contradict the Federal Government’s averments that he posed a flight risk and that there was a likelihood of him committing more offences.
The judge held that although the defendant claimed the SSS custody, where he was being kept, could not address his health challenges, the court would have to consider other issues before taking a decision.
The judge noted that evidence before the court revealed that it was after the defendant declined the DSS medical services that he was taken to Arewa Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Jabi by the security outfit.
He said the DSS, however, averred that the hospital was sufficiently capable of handling the medical condition of the defendant and that it was able and willing to take responsibility for the treatment of Mamu.
SOURCE: PUNCH NEWSPAPER