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Families of Abuja-Kaduna train victims intensify plea for release of relatives

Following reports of the shooting of one of the captives of the Abuja-Kaduna train, family members have intensified their plea to relevant agencies of government to hasten the release of their loved ones still in captivity.

Two family members, who spoke on behalf of others, during a visit to the House of Representatives appealed to the lawmakers to urgently intervene in the matter.

The wife of one of the kidnapped victims, Mrs Matilda Kabir, said it was shocking that one of the victims was shot dead.

She said they feared not knowing who would be the next victim.

“We are here to plead with the House of Representatives. The news we are getting is not favourable. We are here to beg them to help us. It is not funny again. The news we got this morning is one person was shot. We don’t know who is next. My husband is there. We don’t know if it would be any other person. Nigerians should help. My husband is in captivity. They have been suffering. Imagine sleeping and standing there for 94 days. We are going to a hundred days. Please help us,” she said.

Another family member, Aminu Uthman, whose brother is among the victims said more pressure should be put on the Federal Government and security agencies to ensure their release.

Receiving them on behalf of the 11 lawmakers that have been pushing for the release of the captives, a member from Osun State, Bamidele Salam, said it was horrible to have little children, sick people, and elderly people were held in such a hostile environment.

He revealed that they had initiated contact with two persons directly involved with the negotiations for the release to see at what level they can also try to appeal to them to soften the grounds of the abductors, so that whatever their demands, the government would be able to meet them.

Another member from Bauchi state, Mansur Manu- Soro, vowed that they would intensify pressure in appropriate quarters to ensure the captives are freed.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino