The Department of State Services (DSS) abandoned a plea filed in a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday to jail former terrorist negotiator Tukur Mamu for another 60 days following his detention.
A.M. Danlami, counsel for the DSS, informed Justice Nkeonye Maha shortly after the matter was brought for hearing.
The suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1619/2022 between SSS and Tukur Mamu, was listed for further proceedings on the day’s cause list.
Upon resumed hearing, Danlami, who sought to withdraw the case, said that the matter has been overtaken by events.
“My Lord, this matter is slated for hearing today. However, the matter has been overtaken by events. We wish to withdraw the suit,” he said.
Following the application, Justice Maha struck out the suit.
“Application of the learner counsel succeeds. The application is hereby struck out having been withdrawn,” she ruled.
NAN reports that the security agency, through its lawyer, Ahmed Magaji, had, on Sept. 13, moved a motion ex-parte, which sought an order of the court to detain Mamu for 60 more days in the first instance, pending the conclusion of its investigation.
The motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1617/2022, was dated and filed on Sept. 12.
It urged the court to grant its reliefs to enable it to conclude its investigation on Mamu, who had been leading the negotiation with terrorists for the release of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers kidnapped in March.