SSS releases member of Buhari’s arms probe panel after 5 months detention

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The State Security Service on Friday released a former member of the Presidential Investigative Committee on Arms Procurement, Muhammed Umar.


Mr. Umar, a retired air commodore, was arrested by the SSS in June for alleged money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.

He was granted bail by an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in July, with a bond of N100 million.


PREMIUM TIMES had in June reported on how Mr. Buhari ordered Mr. Umar’s arrest after receiving a damning report on his actions.

The court order for Mr. Umar’s bail was however flouted by the SSS who continued to detain the defendant, despite a condemnation of their actions by the trial judge, Nnamdi Dimgba.

Mr. Dimgba was one of the judges whose homes were raided by the SSS in October. Unlike seven other judges, he was, however, not arrested or detained by the security agency.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that when the matter came up in court on Thursday, Mr. Dimgba vowed not to continue until the SSS obeys his bail order.

Following Mr. Dimgba’s threat on Thursday, the SSS released the commodore on Friday, sources told PREMIUM TIMES

The SSS currently has spokesperson to be reached for reaction.

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