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

Air Commodore Mohammed Umar | Photo Credit: Easy Private Jet
Air Commodore Mohammed Umar | Photo Credit: Easy Private Jet

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 how Mr. Buhari ordered Mr. Umar’s arrest after receiving a damning report on him from the SSS.

The court order for Mr. Umar’s bail was however flouted by the SSS which continued to detain him despite the trial judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, condemning the agency’s action.

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 hearing on the matter 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 no spokesperson to be reached for comments.


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  • MO the Observer

    Sss should give the ex comodore close tab so he won’t abscond

    • musa aliyu

      That’s if he’s guilty

      • MO the Observer

        what are you saying mallam Musa aliyu? I’m saying they should place him on close tab till his case is determined whether guilty or discharged… you are here saying that is if he’s guilty..if one is not guilty will the person be running from his shadow?

        • musa aliyu

          If only you could read in between the nas you needn’t have wasted your time shouting at me. As iyvos, I rest my case. Please yourself.

          • MO the Observer

            shouting at you? uhoh, your level of understanding write up expression and believe system is low; how do you mean by nas? keep supporting evil minded men

    • James Ojapa

      I don’t believe they have released him. It will be totally out of character for dss to obey court orders

  • Peter_Edo

    In case you are wondering, THIS IS A CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE PACAC AND AN APC MEMBER. Now onto the wailers!

    • Netanyahu

      Go and sit down. Are you finding your voice this time? I didn’t read your comment on Sanisi lambasting buhari on his planned borrowing of $29.9 billion dollars. So Sanusi is a wailer too? I could find your comment on Osinbajo condemning quota or federal character as against merit the north inserted in the constitution to keep the rest of the country hostage. Shame on you bigot.

      • Peter_Edo

        i guess you are so much in love with me, looking for my comments… by the way i don’t do guys, go find a gay guy for yourself.


    This report is not entirely correct.It was Justice Tsoho who threatened not to commence the case unless the order for bail was obeyed by the SSS. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba could not have continued with the case given the fact that he was one of the Judges whose residence was raided by the SSS.

    • Rote

      Justice Dimgba’s house was mistakenly raided. He has no grudge against DSS or any reason not to continue any DSS case before him.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        True. But the word “by mistake ” associated to the DSS raid on his home Bugs the law abiding and tactical mind

    • Sanssouci

      Justice Dimgba is still hearing cases since the raid oh

  • Iskacountryman

    maybe he cheated buhari in his past life…

  • GbemigaO

    I hope Nigerians can stop for sometime and think deep. Yes, it is good that we are dealing with corruption , but we are addressing it the wrong way. There is law in this country that does not allow for indefinite detention but someone has been detained for 5 months and no activist and nigerians are raising any issue. Your turn is coming and no one will pity you !

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_


    • Sanssouci

      They raised their voices in all fairness, maybe not as loud as BBOG but activists campaigned, in fact if you live in Abuja drive by Federal Secratariat you will see his posters plastered around there

  • Gary

    This was a member of the Buhari inner circle until he lost out in a power play inside Aso Rock.
    Hopefully, his experience will now make him a convert to the civic campaign for the rule of law and due process for ALL citizens -Sunni, Shiite, IPOB or Sambo Dasuki.
    That is what we mean by equality under the law for all citizens. OC, enjoy your legal right to bail after five months of detention. And spare a thought for El-Zakzaky and Nnamdi Kanu both now detained for almost a year without charge or trial. And Sambo Dasuki too. In a supposed democracy.

  • Sanssouci

    Bravo to Justices Dimgba and Tsoho for the courage to stand up to tyranny and forcing DSS to do the right thing. If of a truth this is for criminal activity and not a vendetta, oya try and convict him in a court of law let us see. 5 months detention without trial and denied bail when you did not attempt to overthrow government nor did you rape a child nor did you commit murder, nor did you assault anybody….. what a democracy