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Boko Haram negotiator gets access to doctors

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted former terrorist negotiator, Kaduna-based cleric and publisher, Tukur Mamu, access to his doctor.

He is accused of receiving $120,000 in ransom from families of hostages from the train attack on behalf of Boko Haram terrorists. Mamu was also accused of exchanging voice notes relating to terrorist acts with one Baba Adamu (a spokesman for Boko Haram).

He is being tried in secret at the request of the State Department to protect prosecution witnesses.

In a notice motion titled: FHC/ABJ/CR/96/2023, Mamu asked the court to grant him access to his doctor due to his deteriorating health condition.

He also asked the court to order the DSS to take him for surgical procedures based on the recommendation of both his Egyptian and Nigerian doctors.

But the federal government, in a counter affidavit through its lawyer, David Kaswe, opposed the application.

He stated that the DSS had a functional medical facility and a team of doctors who could handle his case.

Inquiring about the case on Tuesday, Judge Inyang Ekwo asked Kaswe whether the accused had a right to his doctor.

He replied: “Yes, Your Honor, it is, as long as it is under the supervision of our team (of doctors).”

Justice Ekwo, however, ordered that Mamu's doctor treat him under the supervision of the DSS medical team.

“I order that the doctor may provide him with medical treatment, under the supervision of the plaintiff's doctor. This is the order of this court,” the judge said.

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He adjourned the case until February 26 for continuation of the trial.

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