Abuja-Kaduna Train: Negotiator with attackers reveals plans to marry off girl to terrorists’ commander
Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano
The negotiator of the abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers, Tukur Mamu, has drawn the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to plans by the terrorists to marry off a 21-year-old victim, Azurfa Lois John to their commander.
He alleged that the 300-level student of the Kaduna State University and her cousin, Peace Aboi, 28, was among the passengers kidnapped by terrorists who attacked the Kaduna-bound AK9 train on March 28, 2022. Peace was later released alongside eleven other hostages.
Mamu, who is a Media Consultant to an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, disclosed this on Friday, August 19, while briefing newsmen on the four passengers released by the terrorists after spending over four months in captivity.
According to Mamu, one of the top commanders of the terrorists is said to be in love with Ms John and wants to marry her.
He, however, pleaded with the federal government and other stakeholders to intensify efforts toward the release of the 23 victims still with the terrorists whose health conditions, he said, are pathetic and require urgent medical attention.
According to him, the CAN must not politicise or take the information with levity, adding that relevant authorities should engage the abductors in her (Lois) case as soon as possible before it is late.
“This is to alert the federal government and especially the Christian Association of Nigeria that I can confirm through credible information at my disposal that if urgent action is not taken to immediately secure the release of the youngest victim of the train attack, a 21-year-old Azurfa Lois John, the abductors as they have done in the case of Leah Sharibu are planning to marry her any moment from now. One of the top commanders is said to be in love with her,” Mamu said.
“This important information should be treated with the urgency it deserves. Even though I know that releasing this information will not only unsettle her immediate family and loved ones but Nigerians as a whole, it is necessary to do so to avoid a repeat of Leah Sharibu’s case.
“I advise CAN in particular not to politicise this issue or reduce it to mere press releases as I have seen in the past but to work closely with relevant authorities to engage the abductors on the case as soon as possible before it is late.
“I pray that in view of the uncertainties which are becoming alarming, the federal government will also act very fast to ensure the release of all the remaining victims,” he added.