- Days after the federal government said train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail track would commence, families of those abducted by terrorists have reacted
- Relatives of the families of 62 victims of the Monday, March 28, terrorists attack on the train said the governments being insensitive to their plight
- The spokesperson for the relatives said their family members who were victims of the attack must be rescued before services resume on the AKT track
Families and associates of those abducted from the ill-fated Monday, March 28 Abuja-Kaduna-bound train have registered their displeasure over plans by the federal government to resume rail services.
Daily Trust reports that relatives of 62 people abducted by some terrorists from the train which was derailed following an attack by the group have said that all the victims must be rescued before the services of the rail track are resumed.
Speaking during a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, May 9, Abdulfatai Jimoh, the spokesperson for the relatives of those who were abducted demanded the quick and safe rescue of their victims being held hostage by the terrorists.
Jimoh also called for adequate security measures to be put in place to guarantee the safety of prospective passengers on the train.
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On behalf of the relatives, Jimoh also accused the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) of disregarding President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to engage with them, minute-by-minute.
“Still, one week after this presidential directive was issued, the NRC has never contacted the relatives of the kidnapped victims nor established any situation room.
"This display of gross incompetence and insensitivity should lead to appropriate punishment."
Abuja-Kaduna train attack: Kidnappers have refused to speak to us, abducted Passengers' relatives lament
Fresh details had emerged from some relatives of those abducted during the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.
The relatives said that the terrorists who are holding their loved ones captive have refused to have any dealings with them.
According to the relatives of the abducted victims, the Nigerian government has not shown any concern for their plight.
The family members confirmed that the terrorists have made it clear that they would only negotiate with the federal government.
Abuja-Kaduna train: After Dr Chinelo, police officer who was a victim dies
In a previous report by Legit.ng, one of the victims of the attacked Abuja-Kaduna train, Sergeant Muhammad Haruna Funtua, had been confirmed dead after battling multiple injuries.
Funtua, according to the report, was shot in the head and chest during the deadly attack by terrorists who are yet to be identified and arrested by security agencies.
A source disclosed that the victim died on Tuesday, April 5, in Funtua town, Katsina state where he was receiving treatment.