By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
The family members of the embattled Publisher of the Kaduna based newspaper; Desert Herald, Tukur Mamu have appealed to president Bola Tinubu and other top government officials to grant him administrative bail.
The family explained that the request for the administrative bail became necessary following Mamu’s health condition.
This was expressed in a statement signed by his children, Faisal Tukur Mamu, Dr. Zainab Tukur Mamu, Usama Tukur Mamu, Nazir Tukur Mamu, Kashim Tukur Mamu, Marwan Tukur Mamu (two years old), on behalf of the family.
According to the statement titled, “A PASSIONATE APPEAL FOR MERCY” was made available to newsmen, adding that the deteriorating state of health of their father call for urgent action, hence the need to grant him bail.
“On behalf of the family of Tukur Mamu, we the children of the above mentioned person call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima and the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu and the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio to please in the name of God Almighty and in the name of humanity to wade in on the continuous detention of our father and help ensure his bail.
“We are not seeking the discontinuation of our father’s trial, but we are passionately pleading for your good office and for you as a loving and responsible father to please grant our father administrative bail so that he will urgently do the much needed surgery,” the statement said.
In the statement, the family stated that their father, Tukur Mamu has a well-documented history of respiratory ailments which forced him to travel to Egypt for medical treatment several times before his arrest and incarceration.
“As a result of this medical condition, his Indian doctor had recommended that the use of a medical device in the night during his sleep to avoid sudden heart failure or heart attack.
“Furthermore, the implanting of the device was a temporary measure as it was recommended that he go for a major surgery that would correct this respiratory imbalance.
“According to his doctor, a significant part of his respiratory system has been blocked and so a surgery is urgently required.
“This recommendation and conclusion was about three years ago. It was eventually arranged for him to travel and have the surgery in Cairo it was in that process and on transit to do the surgery that he was arrested on 6th September, 2022.
“While under DSS detention and because of the same medical crisis he collapsed three times and he was admitted at DSS hospital two times but because they don’t have an ENT specialist and facility in their medical center they graciously took him to another medical center,” the family said.
They further explained that the complete medical report of their father’s ailment was handed over to officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) with request that he be allowed to go for treatment but the appeal was rejected.
“Furthermore, our father’s two years in the custody of the DSS has complicated his health challenges as he developed High Blood Pressure.
“It is in light of this that we make the following passionate appeal.
“Finally, we the children of Tukur Mamu wish to tender our unreserved apologies to any one whom our father may have offended in the discharge of his duties as a media practitioner.
We also apologize for any article considered offensive and for any psychological trauma that our father’s newspaper may have caused anyone. We are using this Media to appeal for forgiveness,” they appealed.