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#AK9Train: Abductors Threaten To Kill Victims In 7 Days If FG Fails To Meet Demands

The terrorists reached out to Tukur Mamu, the spokesperson of Sheikh Mahmud Gumi, demanding for a swap deal with the government.

The abductors of over 60 passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna bound train on March 28, 2022, have threatened to kill their captives if Nigeria’s Federal Government does not meet their demands, HumAngle can report.

This was contained in an audio message obtained by Desert Herald where the terrorists spoke to Tukur Mamu, the spokesperson of Sheikh Mahmud Gumi, a renowned Kaduna-based Islamic cleric.

In their conversation, the spokesperson for the terrorists said when the Federal Government reached out to them (abductors), they indicated that they wanted a swap deal; they wanted their children, who are eight in number, to be released and then they will further reveal those they want to be set free. 

The father of the children whose freedom is being demanded by the terrorists then listed the children’s names as Abdulrahman, Bilkisu, Usman, and Ibrahim, whom he claimed were captured in Kaduna and taken to an orphanage in Nasarawa.  

Although the terrorists’ representative said there were eight children, only four names were mentioned by the father. However, one other child, Juwairiyyah, was listed among the children in Desert Herald’s report.

The report further went on to quote the terrorists who said, “we don’t need money. We have a good reason for doing what we did. Until our demands are met, none of the victims will come out alive even if it means we all die with them. They are well taken care of as you can see from the pictures we sent to you via WhatsApp but we assure you that this will not continue.”

The terrorists further claimed that the May 24 resumption of the Abuja-Kaduna train service was postponed because of them (terrorists).

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) had postponed the planned resumption of train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route even as some  lawyers, on May 20, filed lawsuits seeking to stop the train services until adequate protection of citizens against terrorists is ensured. 

The postponement was linked to the protest by relatives of abductees to ensure their family members are released before train service resumes.

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