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#AK9Train: “We’ve Been Sick,” Kidnapped Victims Speak In New Video

Victims of Abuja-Kaduna train kidnapping have once again appealed to the Nigerian Government to rescue them, saying they have been sick in an unfavourable condition.

Abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train have once again cried to the Nigerian Government to secure their release from their abductors. 

Eight of the victims (three of whom are women) in a new video which was seen by HumAngle pleaded with the Nigerian government and their families to assist in their rescue from their kidnappers. 

In the video recorded by the terrorists who carried out the operation, one of them who was masked and holding a gun, spoke in English. 

“We are the people that forced these people off the train along Abuja-Kaduna route,” he said, standing by the side of the kneeling captives.

“They are appealing to us. They said they want to speak to the government. We give them a chance to speak to the Federal Government. It’s left for you to listen to them or abandon them,” he continued. 

One of the abductees, Maryam Abubakar Habbo, said she was kidnapped with her children and husband.

“We are appealing to the Federal Government and our families and everyone that can to please come to our aid,” she said. 

Habbo said they have been in the enclave with the abductors for 62 days and that resulted in her family falling sick. 

“We’ve been sick,” she said. 

“In fact, two of my sons are sick with no medical supply,” she added in an emotional voice and burst into tears. 

Another captive, named Sadik Ango Abdullahi, repeated that most of them are sick and also appealed to the government to come to their rescue. 

“We are not in a good condition and every day the situation keeps deteriorating,” he said. 

An elderly woman named Ladi appealed particularly to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was her classmate in Law School. 

“You are a grandfather and a father. I have a son who is a sickler and I don’t know his condition,” she said emotionally. 

She pleaded with the government and the transportation minister to come to their aid.

On March 28, 2022, terrorists kidnapped over 60 train passengers. Later, two of them, including a pregnant woman, were released.

The terrorists have explained that they need the Federal Government to release some of their children arrested for them to let the remaining captives free. 

“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 said in an audio message. The terrorists have also threatened to kill the captives if the Nigerian Government refuse to let their children go.

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Aliyu is an Assistant Editor at HumAngle and Head of the Radicalism and Extremism Desk. He has years of experience researching misinformation and influence operations. He is passionate about analysing jihadism in Africa and has published several articles on the topic. His work has been featured in various local and international publications.

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