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Four hostages that were abducted from the train attack on the Abuja-Kaduna railway on the 28th of March, have been released.
The hostages were released yesterday, leaving 43 captives in the custody of the terrorists. The release came after a viral video surfaced, which showed the terrorist torturing the abductees and threatening to abduct President Buhari and Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The terrorist demanded a sum of N100 million for the release of the 43 hostages but it is not yet clear if the freed hostages paid the demanded ransom.
Makam Tukur Mamu negotiated the release of the victims and gave the name of the released hostages as Gladys Brumen, Oluwatoyin Ojo, Hassan Lawal Uthman, and Pastor Ayodeji Oyewumi.
The Kaduna State Government and Security Officials are yet to release a statement concerning the new development.
African News Today learnt that the terrorist dropped the freed hostages at an unknown location in the forest where they were picked up later by their relatives.
Uthman, who is one of the freed hostages disclosed to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service that the victims were at a health facility for medical examination.
He also expressed worry about the remaining hostages held captive by the terrorists also lamenting that the government had failed to protect the lives of its citizens.
He said: “The government has failed in providing security for life and property. It has failed to rescue us. I don’t know whether ransom was paid to rescue us.”
He also lamented that they were maltreated as they were flogged by the terrorists and had to sleep on the bare floor.
He said: “When the rain started; they erected makeshift shelters for us. They fed us according to their capacity. At times, they even slaughtered cattle and sheep for us. Even yesterday they slaughtered a cow and we ate; we thank Allah.”
“Because of the government’s attitude, they were angered and they thoroughly beat us. We were severely flogged and that was just the beginning. This makes me pity those that are still with them in the forest.”
Uthman said he could not locate the forest where they were rescued but added that every possible thing should be done to rescue the remaining victims.
Source: The Nation