- Revelations about the federal government's deal with the terrorists who masterminded the Abuja-Kaduna train attack have unfolded
- President Muhammadu Buhari's aide, Malam Garba Shehu, recently revealed what went down during negotiations
- He revealed the federal government met its own part of the deal, but the terrorists didn't fulfil theirs
President Muhammadu Buhari's media aide, Garba Shehu, in a recent interview with BBC Hausa, opened up on some antecedents involved in the release of some of the hostages during the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
As reported by Premium Times, Mr. Shehu revealed that negotiations and an agreement were struck between the federal government and the terrorists to release the hostages.
Mr. Shehu said the federal government met its own side of the bargain but the terrorist failed to release the hostages as promised.
What was bargained
Although Shehu did not divulge if the federal government paid a fee in this regard, he stated that an agreement was reached for the wives and children of the terrorists in the custody of law enforcement.
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Shehu said some of the released family of the terrorists was the wife of one of the leading men in the group.
Legit.ng gathered that the woman in question gave birth to a set of twins at a health facility.
“The government also released seven children of the members of the terrorist gangs, as demanded, but they reneged in releasing the train passengers."
Shehu disclosed that the handing over of the family members of the terrorists from the prison facility was done in Adamawa state and while this was done the terrorists refused to release the scores of civilian hostages in their custody.
FG refuses to pay ransom
Meanwhile, Shehu further revealed that the federal government refused to pay the ransom required to be paid for the release of the victims.
It was gathered that 31 of the passengers are still being held in captivity after a series of failed attempts to reach a deal without money.
Reports have it that some of the hostages who have been released so far paid a huge sum of money to regain their freedom.
On his part, the negotiator of their release, Tukur Mamu, vehemently denied having an idea if a ransom was paid or not.
It was gathered that Mamu has since laid back as the lead negotiator for the release of the hostages due to a serious threat to his life, and the government's lack of support.
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