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Kuje Attack: Authorities failed to act on intelligence – Gumi’s aide

By Paul Michael

Mallam Tukur Mamu, Media Consultant to controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Wednesday said the Ansaru terrorists that attacked and abducted passengers of the Abuja- Kaduna bound train on March 28 are responsible for the Tuesday night terror attack on Kuje Prison.

Mamu, who made the statement in Kaduna State, also said before the attack, he shared intelligence reports with the authorities concerned but they allegedly failed to act.

The statement was titled, ‘On the fresh threat to start slaughtering victims of train attack and Kuje prison invasion: how I shared intelligence with authorities with no prompt action taken.’ The Trumpet Gathered

Mamu, who is also the Publisher of a Kaduna-based Desert Herald newspaper, insisted that he shared intelligence with security agencies and a committee that was constituted by the nation’s Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor.

According to him, without doubt, the Kuje Correctional Centre attack was executed and coordinated by the same group that attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train.

He said, “Even on the tendency and threat to attack targets and other facilities of interest like the Kuje Correctional Centre attacks, I have shared that intelligence with the security agencies and the committee that was constituted by CDS Gen Lucky Irabor.

“I can confirm without a doubt that the Kuje Correctional Centre attack was executed and coordinated by the same group that attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train because they gave indications of imminent attacks to that effect which I shared.”

Mamu added that the terror group requested the release of 51 of its members but the request was scaled to 10 through the power of negotiations.

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“For the records, they requested for the release of 51 of their members. But through the power of dialogue and engagement, I was able to singlehandedly scale that number to only 10 and communicated with audio backing the development to the relevant authorities.

“There was an unnecessary delay in giving them even precise feedback by the government and now they have not only succeeded in carrying out another successful attack that indicts the nature of our intelligence and capacity to respond promptly but has also succeeded in releasing dozens of their members which would have been averted if the action had been taken to give them only 10 and secure the release of the train victims.

“In all this risky, painful, and frustrating engagement which the government is yet to acknowledge and appreciate, I have more than 100 documented audios that I shared with the relevant authorities. For the purpose of this important press release and to authenticate my claims, I will also share four of the latest audios.”

On the train hostages, he said after the successful mission that led to the release of 11 out of the 61 in captivity, he made up his mind to disengage from the negotiation which the government never appreciated.

“I was instructed on humanitarian grounds by my principal, Sheikh Dr Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, to exercise patience and continue,” he said.

“This is probably the last I will ever dabble on the above subject matter because of the frustrations and failure of relevant official stakeholders to take prompt and painful decisions, in the interest of the citizens of a nation that has been consumed by insecurity and avoidable attacks.

“With all the billions in budgetary allocations on security, with instances of few becoming billionaires at the expense of innocent lives, we must accept the fact that the current system has collapsed,” Mamu said.

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