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Court denies Mohammed Mamu’s transfer request to Kuje prison

The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected terrorist negotiator Mohammed Mamu’s plea to be transferred from the Department of State Service (DSS) to Kuje Prison.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, delivering the verdict on Monday, cited concerns over frequent jail breaks in prisons as a major reason for denying Mamu’s transfer request.

The judge emphasized that Mamu did not challenge the averments made by the federal government, deeming them true facts.

Justice Ekwo highlighted the potential security risks associated with transferring Mamu to Kuje Prison, given the government’s worries about prison security. He ordered Mamu to remain in DSS custody throughout his trial for the criminal charges against him.

However, the judge affirmed his earlier order allowing Mamu access to his personal physician for medical treatment under the supervision of the DSS. Mamu’s counsel had raised concerns about the non-compliance with a previous court order regarding medical treatment.

Mamu, through his lawyer Abdul Mohammed, SAN, expressed urgency regarding his health, stating that he requires surgical operations and medical attention not available in DSS custody. He emphasized the risk to his life if he remains in DSS custody without proper medical care.

Platinumpost recall that Mamu was arrested at the Aminu Kano International Airport in September 2022 over his alleged connection with terrorists involved in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack in March 2022. He was subsequently charged with terrorism financing among other offenses. Despite pleading not guilty, Mamu has remained in DSS custody after the court denied him bail.

The court’s decision to deny Mamu’s transfer request underscores the complexities of balancing security concerns with the rights of individuals facing trial. Mamu’s health concerns add another layer of complexity to the case, highlighting the importance of ensuring access to medical treatment for detainees, even in high-security situations.

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