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#AK9 Kaduna Train Captive Pleads For International Rescue Effort In New Video

Feeling abandoned by the Nigerian government, the victims, being beaten mercilessly in newly released footage, have appealed to the international community to intervene and secure their release.

Passengers abducted onboard the Abuja-Kaduna train have appeared in a new video seeking the intervention of the International community to secure their release. The terror group was also shown beating the captives with sticks while the victims screamed and cried.

It was unclear whether the females were beaten, but the video showed them separated from the male being whipped while they also cried.

One of the victims, speaking in Hausa, urged countries such as France, America, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia to intervene because the Nigerian government had abandoned them.

“The government should have been responsible for rescuing us because the train is owned by the government, but it failed,” the victim, who did not mention his name, said.

He added, “Our relatives attempted to save us, but the government prevented them.”

According to the victim who spoke, the terrorists intended to release them in less than seven days, but because the Nigerian government did nothing, they remained in captivity.

Other captives also spoke of their plight and called for intervention to rescue them. 

Several fighters with AK pattern rifles are seen in the video, including a turban fighter with what appeared to be a Bulgarian AR-M1 likely captured from Security forces, blaming the Nigerian government for the conditions of the captives. 

” It’s not our intention to do this but a consequence of what the Nigerian government was doing “, adding that “the government had set up a tea drinking committee in Kaduna with the goal of negotiating and securing the release of these people”. 

He subsequently lashes out at the committee and states that they know the plan to secure their release with force, and threatens to turn the place an abattoir. 

Another fighter spoke on abducting more people, listing members of the governing elites; President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El Rufai, and others, including senators of the country’s parliament. 

While a third armed fighter claimed he was among those that escaped from the Kuje correctional facility. 

On March 28, 2022, the terror group launched the deadly train attack and kidnapped 63 train passengers. Later, 20 of them, including a pregnant woman, were released. 

However, five children are among the remaining 43 captives. 

Among the demands of the terror group was the release of their children by the government.  

“Our children numbering about eight, between the ages of one to seven years, are currently being held at an orphanage in Jimeta, Adamawa State, under the supervision of the Nigerian Army,” the terrorist leader had said in an audio message


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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu is a senior reporter, researcher and a fact-checker. He heads the extremism and radicalisation desk. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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