Abuja/ Kaduna Train attack: FG negotiating with bandits over release of hostages

Abuja/ Kaduna Train attack: FG negotiating with bandits over release of hostages

The Nigerian government has opened a channel of discussion with the bandits who abducted many passengers of a Kaduna-bound train over two weeks ago, according to relatives of the victims.

 

At least eight people were killed and many others abducted when terrorists planted explosives along the Abuja-Kaduna corridor; forcing the train to derail.

 

The terrorists had opened fire on the train before abducting scores of passengers on the evening of March 28, 2022.

 

However, nine days after the attack, the terrorists released the Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Hassan. He was  set free after collecting a ransom of N100 million from his family.

 

Speaking with journalists in Kaduna, the relatives and friends of the abducted passengers; on Friday, said they have been assured by the Nigerian government that a channel of discussions with the terrorists has been opened.

 

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“After the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, we heard from the Federal Government through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, that the government is in dialogue.

 

Dialogue with bandits

”That, the government is already discussing with the abductors of our relatives,” said Dr. Jimoh Fatai.

 

Dr. Fatai is designated as chairman of the group of loved ones pressing for the release of the abducted passengers.

 

“We are happy about it and appreciate the efforts of the government in that regard. What we are now appealing for is that government should speed up the process,” he also added.

 

Equally important, the news comes at the expiration of a 72-hour ultimatum issued by the relatives to the Nigerian government to open discussions that will see to the release of the captives.

 

Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted to the opening of negotiations between the government and terrorists.

 

A section of Nigerians has commended the Federal Government for listening to the cries of the victim’s relatives. However, another school of thought has faulted the move; insisting that it is not a good sign the world over for governments to negotiate with bandits.

 

The abductees have spent days in the bush.

 

 

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