Terrorists Release Four More Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack Victims


Four of the abductees from the Kaduna bound train attack have been released by the terrorists.

Recall that on March 28, a train on its way from Abuja to Kaduna was attacked by bandits in Kaduna state. Several persons were killed while many were abducted during the attack.

Since the incident, the abductors have been releasing the captives in batches. With the relesase there are still  28 victims being held by the terrorists.

A member of the negotiating team,  Tukur Mamu confirmed the release of four victims on Friday after spending over four months in captivity.

He identified those released as Mama Halimatu Atta, a 85-year-old woman and her daughter, Adama Atta Aliyu,  Mohammed Sani Abdulmaji (M.S Ustaz), and Modin Modi Bodinga.

However, there was no mention of whether or not ransom was paid for the release of the four hostages but the terrorists had demanded N100m per each victim before those earlier set free, were released.

Mamu also alerted the federal government and the Christian Association of Nigeria about a plan by the terrorists to marry off one of the victims, 21-year-old Azurfa Lois John any moment from now, just as they did in the case of Leah Sharibu in Yobe state some years ago.

According to him, one of the terrorists’ commanders was said to be in love with Lois.

He pleaded with the Federal Government and stakeholders  to intensify efforts towards the release of the remaining victims still with the terrorists whose health  conditions, is pathetic and require urgent medical attention.

Mamu also called on CAN not to politicize the issue or take the information with levity, but to work closely with relevant authorities to engage the abductors on the case of Lois before it is late.

“I can confirm that earlier on Friday, four additional victims of the train attack were released by their abductors. The four released victims just left my office,” he said.

“They said they came collectively to thank me for the past efforts I made to mediate on their behalf and for convincing their abductors to drop the threats of executing them and to plead for all stakeholders, especially the federal government, to intensify efforts as the condition of the remaining 23 victims they left at the forest is pathetic.

“Amongst those that were released on Friday includes the oldest victim, a grandmother, Mama Halimatu Atta. She is 90 years old. Also released is her daughter, a 53-year-old married woman, Adama Atta Aliyu, (the woman that was bravely shown in the last video protesting and challenging her captors and lamenting failure to secure their release). The victim that first suggested my name to the abductors, as one of those to be contacted to mediate between them and the federal government, Mohammed Sani Abdulmaji (M.S Ustaz) and a Sokoto indigene, Alhaji Modin Modi Bodinga were also released on Friday.

“This is to alert the federal government and especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that I can confirm through credible information at my disposal that if urgent action is not taken to immediately secure the release of the youngest victim of the train attack, a 21-year-old Azurfa Lois John, the abductors as they have done in the case of Leah Sharibu are planning to marry her any moment from now. One of the top commanders is said to be in love with her.

“This important information should be treated with the urgency it deserves. Even though I know that releasing this information will not only unsettle her immediate family and loved ones but Nigerians as a whole, it is necessary to do so to avoid a repeat of Leah Sharibu’s case.

“I advise CAN in particular not to politicise this issue or reduce it to mere press releases as I have seen in the past but to work closely with relevant authorities to engage the abductors on her case as soon as possible before it is late.

“I pray that in view of the uncertainties which are becoming alarming, the federal government will also act very fast to ensure the release of all the remaining victims.”

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