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Families of 50 abducted train passengers protest in Kaduna

A peaceful street protest was held in Kaduna by the loved ones of the remaining 50 abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers to demand the immediate release of their family members who have been held captive for 100 days.

In Kaduna’s busy Ali Akilu Road, the protesters stormed the Nagwamatse House at 7:30 in the morning.

Numerous signs demanding the release of the victims’ loved ones were carried by hundreds of the victims’ families and friends.

The protest’s leader, Dr. Abdulfatai Jimoh, pleaded with the Federal Government to act immediately to save their loved ones.

According to him, “today is exactly 100 days since our loved ones were abducted. It was meant to be a journey of two hours; however, it turned out to be 100 harrowing days. Since then things have not been the same with us.”

He said they have been appealing to the government in the last 100 days to rescue their loved ones, but so far they have not seen much, expressing disappointment.

He said they are appealing again to the government to do all that is necessary to bring out their loved ones in the shortest time possible.

“If you remember, our loved ones spent their Easter in the bush, the Eid el-Fitr in the bush, and we are just three days away from Eid Kabir; we are praying they will spend the Eid Kabir with us,” he said

Recall that 63 Kaduna-Abuja train passengers were kidnapped on March 28, 2022, after wounding 26, and killing 16 others.

However, one was released based on the time and spirit of Sallah.

A few months after, six females and five males were also released after many negotiations with the federal government.

However, as bandits waited for implementation of their negotiations with the federal government, but to no avail, one of the victims was shot to serve as a warning, and for the Federal Government to hasten the implementation of their demands, among which was to release some of their comrades in various detention centres across the country.

A negotiator, who is also the Publisher of Desert Herald newspapers based in Kaduna, Mamu raised alarm over the safety of the victims who were reportedly bitten by snakes and other reptiles in the forest.

Videos of the cries of the victims surfaced on social media severally.
The bandits attacked Kuje prison, one of the facilities allegedly holding suspected bandits.

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