- Tukur Mamu, Kaduna-based Publisher who negotiated the release of 11 of the passengers who were abducted from a train have spoken about their health
- According to him, some of the victims have been bitten by snakes who populate they area, adding that many will not be able to survive
- Going further, he added that efforts to rescue the remaining 50 victims must be treated as a national emergency
Malam Tukur Mamu has revealed that the health status of those kidnapped during the Abuja and Kaduna train is not encouraging.
Mamu who is the negotiator between government, families and abductors of the passengers claimed that most of the remaining victims of the train attack may not survive the next few weeks, Daily Trust claims.
He claimed their deteriorating health conditions are caused by snakebites and the poor condition in which they live in the forest.
Mamu who is a media consultant to Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi and one of those who mediated and successfully secured the release of 11 of the abducted passengers penultimate Saturday, Tribune Newspaper added.
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“Their health condition is deteriorating by the day. Even animals without proper care will hardly survive in the environment they are forced to live for nearly three months now. I believe government is aware and has taken note of the testimony of the 11 victims that were secured.
“Government must activate all avenues of diplomacy. It must be top of its priority now. We must not be distracted by prioritising 2023 as I am sadly seeing now while there is visible and glaring threat of losing the remaining victims,” he said.
“I can confirm to you that snakes are many in that forest. Some of them are victims of snakebites as they appear frequently in the night. They only depends on local solution to treat it."
1 of 2 pregnant women abducted from Kaduna-Bound train gives birth in captivity
Meanwhile one of the two pregnant women who were among the abducted victims of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train that was attacked by bandits on Monday, March 28, has delivered a baby.
A family source confirmed that one of the women had given birth with the help of doctors who were invited by the terrorists. According to the source, it is obvious that the terrorists are well organised and coordinated because that is what can explain how they were able to take medical suppliers into the forest.
The source also said that the recent development has been shocking to both the government and the security operatives. She gave birth over the weekend, a source privy to the development said.