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#AK9 Train: Victim’s Brother Confirms Sister’s Release Alongside 22 Others

About 63 persons were kidnapped on March 28, after a Kaduna-bound train was attacked by terrorists in Northwest Nigeria. More than half were released in batches over the past six months while 23 remained in captivity.

The 23 remaining abductees of a Kaduna-bound train, including Azurfa Lois John, a girl once reported to be scheduled to marry a terror commander, have been released.

Bali Moses, who spoke to HumAngle, confirmed his sister’s release and said they had communicated on phone. “She was crying when we spoke. I think they would most likely be taken to Abuja,” Moses said. 

Prof. Usman Yusuf, Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee (CDSAC) had earlier on Wednesday Oct. 5, announced that “the seven-man Presidential Committee assembled by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General LEO Irabor, secured the release and took custody of all the 23 remaining passengers held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists following the attack on the Abuja to Kaduna train on 28-03-2022.”

On Aug. 20, terrified by news of a terrorist’s interest in his 21-year-old sister, Moses had called on Nigerian authorities to facilitate her release. 

Tukur Mamu, publisher of Desert Herald and spokesperson of a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric Sheikh Gumi, who had led negotiations with the terrorists responsible for the train attack, made the revelation in a video published on Aug. 19, by Channels TV.

Mamu, who had announced the release of four more victims at the time, said he had credible information there were plans by the terrorists to marry Azurfa off to one of their top commanders.

Since March 28, over 60 passengers were released in batches within the course of six months leaving 23 behind.

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