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VICTIMS’ FAMILIES PLAN PROTESTS OVER ABUJA, KADUNA TRAIN ATTACK

Relatives and friends of the abducted passengers of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna AK-9 train have vowed to take over streets and occupy key government facilities in Abuja and Kaduna in protest to demand the rescue of their loved ones still in the kidnappers’ den for 94 days and counting.

They said the protest would start on Tuesday to coincide with the 100 days when the bandits attacked and subsequently took away 63 of their loved ones.

News had reported that the bandits released 11 out of the 61 victims of the abducted train passengers on Saturday, June 11, after almost three months in captivity, with 50 hostages still yet to be released.

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Of the 50 remaining hostages, one of the victims, Mohammed Al’Amin, was shot on Monday by the bandits, eliciting public outcry for the Federal Government to hasten negotiations for the release of hostages.

While addressing journalists in Kaduna on Thursday, the families said they were worried that their loved ones are still languishing in the forest, considering reports of snake bites and the gunshot injury the captives had suffered.

Speaking on behalf of the families, Dr Abdulaziz Atta, whose 85-year-old mother and elder sister were among the victims, said members of victims’ families would be staging a sit-down and occupy protest at public facilities until their loved ones are rescued.

The captives’ family members said that to be fair, they are seeing some of the outcomes of the government’s efforts and that they have seen 11 of their loved ones that have been released.

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They emphasized that the agents of government that are involved in this negotiation need to do more.

By next week Tuesday, which is going to be 100 days that they have been captive, the victim’s family are planning to do a physical protest, saying that they will be sitting in key government facilities and that they planned to sit there till their loved ones are out.

Another female family member, Hajiya Fatima Ciroma, described the 94 days the hostages had spent so far as horrifying.

She added that the emotional, psychological, mental, and physical torture arising from these conditions can only be imagined.

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