Seven victims of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack have regained their freedom, after spending over three months in captivity.

The news which was disclosed on Saturday by Mallam Taku Mamu; a negotiator and media consultant to Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, came 5 days after the terrorist attack on Kuje correctional facility. Recall that eleven abductees were released on June 12 by the kidnappers; who have continued to demand that the federal government release their own members from security custody.

Speaking extensively on Saturday, Mamu highlighted the constant pleas of the victims’ families to reverse his decision on negotiations. He also confirmed that recent negotiations were made to plead with the abductors to spare the victims’ lives.

‘Now I can reveal that it has paid off. Those released today, Saturday, are Bosede Olurotimi, Abubakar Zubairu, Alhassan Sule, Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, Muhammad Daiyabu Paki, Aliyu Usman, and the only foreign national of Pakistani origin, Dr. Muhammad Abuzar Afzal.

‘I want to assure the nation that everything that was achieved today was single-handedly initiated and arranged by me with the full support and prayers of my principal, Sheikh Gumi.

‘The location the abductors gave is remote, sensitive and risky. There was a military checkpoint before penetrating the forest. My team was stopped by the soldiers, but when they told the military our mission, they contacted the GOC and he immediately gave approval for them to proceed.

‘And after the victims were released, travelling through over 40 kilometres in the forest, they were given a military escort back to Kaduna at the checkpoint,” he said.

‘Money cannot achieve what I have done today. I will never involve myself on any issue that has to do with money. I am also under serious watch. I am sure if they have evidence against me, I cannot be talking freely the manner I used to do,’ he said.

On March 28, 2022, the Kaduna-Abuja train was attacked by terrorists while on transit, leading to the abduction of dozens of passengers; many of whom still remain in captivity. Fatalities were also recorded during the incidence, spurring calls for the federal government to tackle the spate of insecurity in the nation.

Many have also deemed the ongoing Muslim festivity, a sad one, though conspirators would opine the release of abducted victims five days after the Kuje prison break is more than a coincidence. Many believe that the Kuje Prison attack could be a secret prisoner swap between the Federal Government and Islamist Terrorists

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