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FACT CHECK: Did Tukur Mamu Name Terrorists’ Sponsors?

By September 13, 2022October 20th, 2022Uncategorized

CLAIM: A post alleging that the Abuja-Kaduna train attack negotiator, Tukur Mamu, has named a former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Aliyu Gusau, and a former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, members of a syndicate sponsoring terrorism in Northern Nigeria has gone viral.

The post which quoted the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as the source of the story was posted on Facebook and other platforms. It had generated several comments and was shared over 100 times on Facebook alone as of the time of filing this report.

VERIFICATION: In verifying the claim, Daily Trust contacted a Senior Editor with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who said the story did not emanate from the agency. A double check on NAN’s platform also showed that it was not posted there.

In the same vein, the spokesperson for the DSS, Peter Afunanya, only said the outcome of the investigation it carried out on Tukur Mamu was mind-boggling. He did not disclose any names as claimed in the Facebook post.

It should also be noted that no reputable media platforms carried the story, either online or in print.

Recall that Mamu was arrested last week in Cairo, Egypt in company with some of his family members on their way to Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj, and brought back to Nigeria to answer questions bordering on his alleged involvement in banditry and terrorism activities.

CONCLUSION: We can confirm that the claim that Tukur Mamu mentioned former NSA, Gen. Aliyu Gusau and ex-governor, Alh. Attahiru Bafarawa as sponsors of terrorism is false.

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