I Was Detained With Hardened Criminals – Tukur Mamu

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September 9, 2013   //

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Publisher of Desert Herald Malam Tukur Mamu, who yesterday spent the second day on hospital bed, has declared that he was kept in the same place with hardened criminals, a situation that led to his being traumatised.Speaking from his hospital bed in Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, where he was rushed after he collapsed in the court on Thursday, Mamu told a Nigerian daily that he needed adequate and comprehensive healthcare services in a well-equipped hospital.Mamu, who was being closely monitored by two plain-clothes security men in the hospital in Zone 3, Abuja, said the authorities had continued to make him uncomfortable.He however said he had become better now and would be in court on Monday. He accused the police of treating his health condition with levity when he had suggested to them that he would bankroll his treatment in a better hospital.Since the news of his arraignment and collapse in court broke on Thursday, most of his family members and well-wishers, who had continued to besiege the hospital, had been turned back. Only a few family members were allowed to see him.Mamu is standing trial before an Abuja magistrate court in Wuse Zone 2 headed by Chukwuemeka Ubani for allegedly defaming the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, in a Desert Herald publication. He was yet to take his plea before he slumped and fainted after which the court stood-down the case and ordered that he should be taken to hospital for treatment. He subsequently ruled, after consultations with all parties, that the trial would resume on Monday, subject to a certified medical report of Mamu’s fitness to stand trial.Mamu has a medical history that requires daily medication. The publisher, it was further learnt, has regularly visited …

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