These are not the best of times for the embattled bandits’ mediator, Tukur Mamu, as officials of the Department of State Services have continued a clampdown his associates.
The Point learnt that DSS operatives have arrested his father-in-law, Abdullahi Mashi, on Thursday night.
The operatives of the secret police were also said to have visited the house of Mamu’s brother-in-law, Ibrahim Tinja, who was arrested and deported with the Desert Herald Publisher on Wednesday.
Mamu and four members of his family were arrested at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Wednesday after they were deported from Egypt on the request of Nigeria’s intelligence agencies.
The publisher was said to be travelling to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj together with his two wives, his eldest son, Faisal Mamu and brother-in-law, Ibrahim Tinja.
It was gathered that while Mamu’s two wives, Fatima Bashir Mamu and Aisha Salisu Mamu, have been released, the publisher, his eldest son, Faisal Tukur Mamu and brother-in-law are still in custody.
The DSS confirmed on Thursday that appropriate security agencies have executed valid search warrants on the residence and office of Mamu.
The Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, said in statement on Thursday that “During the processes, incriminating materials including military accoutrements were recovered. Other items include large amounts in different currencies and denominations as well as financial transaction instruments. While further investigations continue, Mamu will, sure, have a day in court.”