Many of the hostages held by the terrorists who attacked the AK-9 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28 have fallen ill in the terrorists’ den, according to Malam Tukur Mamu, media consultant to controversial Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.
According to Mamu, a former negotiator and Publisher of the Kaduna-based Desert Herald newspaper, who stated this in a statement obtained in Kaduna on Tuesday, the condition of the remaining 27 victims is deteriorating.
As a result, he urged President Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) to expedite the release of the remaining hostages.
He also refuted social media reports that the remaining victims had been released by the hoodlums, claiming that there was no truth to that report.
He stated that, despite withdrawing as one of the train victims’ negotiators, he was still under intense pressure from the hostages’ families to secure their release.
“This is to confirm without doubt that the remaining 27 passengers of the train attack are still being held by their abductors, nearly 5 months after the unfortunate and preventable incident,” Mamu said, dismissing the rumor of the released hostages as “fake news.”
“Though I have withdrawn from negotiations, anxious family members, pressmen, and concerned Nigerians have been calling to confirm the veracity of the news, while many others have rightfully celebrated and even congratulated relatives of the innocent victims.”
“While it is news that we are all eager to hear, it is highly irresponsible for peddlers of fake news to circulate sensitive contents that are not only unverifiable, untrue, but news items that will undoubtedly cause anxiety and concern among family members of those who remain in captivity and millions of their well-wishers around the world.”
“The remaining victims are still in critical condition.” Many of them are sick, as the rainy season has taken its toll on them.
“I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to step up efforts to secure their immediate release as the situation remains highly volatile and families of those still in the bush are unable to negotiate the safe release of their loved ones in any way.”
Following the release of the fifth batch of seven hostages on Wednesday, 27 victims remain in the terrorists’ custody, despite the release of 34 hostages.
Terrorists previously released 11 victims in the first batch, seven victims in the second(7) batch, three(4) in the third and five(5) victims in the fourth batch, and seven(7) hostages in the fifth batch.
Terrorists planted explosive devices along the rail track on March 28, 2022, and when the Abuja-Kaduna bound AK-9 passenger train approached the point, the device exploded, causing the train to derail and killing eight passengers.