Written by on July 25, 2022

Following another viral video released by the abductors of Abuja-Kaduna train passengers, where they were seen being flogged by the terrorists, the Families have again come out to plead with their negotiator and media aide to an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, Tukur Mamu not to withdraw from the negotiation.

The terrorists in the viral video were seen flogging the men who are separated from the women and children, by more than 12 members of the kidnappers as they yelled and called out to their families and the general public in Hausa language to intensify efforts to secure their release.

They also threatened to kidnap president Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna state governor Nasir El Rufai and bring them to their den in the forest.

The terrorists had attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, killing eight and kidnapping no fewer than 61 passengers.

The Managing Director of the Bank of the Agriculture, Alwan Hassan, was the first to be released after reportedly paying an N100 million ransom on April 7.

75 days after the incidents, the terrorists released 11 persons held in captivity which according to Tukur Mamu, the negotiator and media consultant to the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, said was achieved “following a series of robust engagement with the terrorists and with the approval of the Federal Government.”

However, on July 9, seven of the victims were later released after reportedly paying N800 million ransom as the remaining 43 victims were told to pay N100 million to secure their release.

The remaining kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna train passengers have spent 117 days in captivity.

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