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#Ak9Train: 24 Hours After Terrorists’ Video, Protesters Urge Nigerian Govt To Rescue Captives

Protesters at Kaduna's Lugard roundabout and the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Abuja, have urged the Nigerian government to secure the release of their kidnapped relatives.

Protest for the release of captives held by terrorists who attacked and abducted passengers on an Abuja-Kaduna train has entered a second day, with protesters calling on the government to rescue those in captivity. 

Protest is taking place in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria and Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, at the Federal Ministry of Transportation headquarters after a video released by the terrorists showed the victims being whipped.

The protesters holding placards urged the government to do everything possible to ensure the safe return of the kidnapped victims gathered at the Lugard roundabout near the Kaduna legislative assembly building in Kaduna.

“We demand justice and the release of our relatives,” the protesters chanted.


Other protesters also gathered at the Ministry of Transportation in Abuja, calling on the Nigerian government to ensure the release of the victims of the train attack.

The relatives of the train abduction victims have demanded their release through a protest, but the recently released video sparked a new wave of protests.

The Nigerian Government, on the other hand, has described the terrorists’ video as propaganda and the use of violence to force the government to cave in to its pressure.

“The country’s security and defence forces are not clueless or helpless. They have their plans and ways of doing things which they will not display in the media,” the government stated in a series of tweets.

The government also stated that terrorism is a global issue that requires the collaboration of government forces, the media, and civilians to address.

The presidency assured military readiness and the president’s support for them to ensure an immediate result.


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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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