Bandits Release Seven More Abuja-Kaduna Train Passengers

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Bandits that attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28, have released another seven hostages, including a family of six and a woman.

The identities of the released family of six are Abdubakar Idris Garba, his wife, Maryam Abubakar Bobo, and their eldest son, Ibrahim Abubakar Garba, who’s 10 years old.

Others include Fatima Abubakar Garba (7), Imran Abubakar Garba (5), and youngest Zainab Abubakar Garba, who is only one and half years old.

Also released is a 60-year-old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan, who was said to have been released due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

Although Tukur Mamu, Publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald and Media Consultant to a controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, withdrew as one of the negotiators, he confirmed the release of the seven hostages to journalists in Kaduna.

Mamu said the seven were released following the intervention of his principal, Gumi.

It was learnt that the health condition of two of the teenage children has deteriorated since the flogging incidence that affected their helpless father. A total of additional seven hostages were therefore released on Wednesday.

“The husband of the four kids is a staff of the National Assembly Commission. There was no intervention from the Commission or NASS on his behalf since the travails began.

Meanwhile, no mention of whether ransom was paid or not for the release of their hostages. The terrorists had demanded N100m per each victim before they would be released, which the victims released so far had allegedly paid.

 

The terrorists have continued to release the hostages who had spent more than four months in captivity.

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