Relatives of the Abuja-Kaduna train abductees sent encouraging words to their loved ones as they protested during a walk marking the 100th day since the March 28 attack.
The relatives, who converged at Nagwamatse House, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna, walked around with placards reading “100 days out of school”, “Buhari please order the immediate release of children”, and “Save Abuja-Kaduna train passengers”.
One of the relatives, Magaji Tukur Sambo, has two brothers in captivity; Sheikh Akibu Lawal —who had come to Nigeria from Egypt for a visit, and Muhammad Al’amin. The two had met up in Abuja and together boarded the AK9 train that fateful Monday.
“They [captives] should remember God because he is always in control and has his reasons for them being in captivity,” Sambo said. He called on the federal government and activists to help see to the abductees’ release.
Maryam Mayana’s uncle is also being held by the terrorists. She prayed for Allah to be with her uncle and hopes he continues praying and keeps hope burning. “He is a very jovial person,” she told HumAngle.
The AK9 relatives’ chairman, Abdulfatai Jimoh, urged the president and security chiefs to hasten the kidnap victims’ release, pointing out that “we know you have what it takes to do so”.
Friends and colleagues of the kidnap victims were not left out. They were also among those who gathered for the protest walk that ended peacefully with the Nigerian police securing the area.
On June 11, 2022, 11 of the captives were released to their families as negotiations between the terrorists and government continue.
Recently, however, the gang refused to release one of the victims who was shot in what the terrorists claimed was an exchange of friendly fire by guards in the terror camp.
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