Sheikh Gumi Responds to FG’s Identification of His Associate, Tukur Mamu, as Terrorism Sponsor

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Sheik Ahmad Gumi

Renowned Nigerian Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has vehemently opposed the Department of State Services’ (DSS) classification of his associate, Mallam Tukur Mamu, as a terrorist financier.

In a recent development, the Federal Government issued a list identifying 15 entities, including individuals and Bureau De Change operators, allegedly involved in financing terrorism. Among those listed is Kaduna-based publisher Tukur Mamu.

Mamu, who has been in DSS custody since his arrest in Cairo, Egypt, in September 2022, faces accusations of aiding terrorists responsible for the Abuja-Kaduna train attack in March 2022. He was apprehended alongside his family members while en route to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj.

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Speaking at a forum hosted by Daily Trust, Sheik Ahmad Gumi emphasized the importance of refraining from allowing security agencies to label individuals as terrorist financiers, especially when legal proceedings are underway.

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Despite facing charges related to terrorism financing in a Federal High Court in Abuja, Mamu has consistently maintained his innocence.

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Sheik Gumi described the situation involving Mamu and the security agency as a misunderstanding, urging patience until the court renders its verdict.

“Mamu’s case is sub judice. Let’s await the court’s decision. Engaging in a media trial is inappropriate. We must allow the court to determine whether he is a financier or not. If acquitted, Mamu may pursue a case for libel.

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“Who has the authority to label someone a terrorist financier? Is it the judiciary or a security agency? Security agencies lack the jurisdiction to designate individuals as terrorist financiers. With the case already before the court, why resort to trial by media? When a matter is before the court, we should respect the legal process and await its judgment,” remarked the Islamic scholar.

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