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Insecurity:Terrorists Threaten to Kill Kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna Train Passengers, Issue FG Seven Days Ultimatum

Terrorists, who attacked and abducted passengers in the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, have threatened to killed those they are holding hostage if the federal government does not meet their demands within seven days. This was disclosed by the publisher of a Kaduna- based newspaper, Desert Herald, Tukur Mamu, who is also a media consultant to the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, who has been campaigning for dialogue with the terrorists.

The ultimatum came as suspected terrorists, yesterday, killed no fewer than 15 persons and left many others with varying degrees of injury at Gakurdi village, in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Mamu said the terrorists called him by telephone and told him that the federal government started talking with them, but abruptly suspended the discussion.

In the telephone conversation, which he published in his newspaper and shared on his Facebook page, alongside a one-minute, forty-one seconds audio clip, the terrorists accused the government of insincerity in securing the release of the abducted passengers.

Mamu said the terrorists insisted that government must fulfil their demands, emphasising that they don’t want money.
Mamu quoted Abu Barra, the leader of the abductors, who spoke with him by telephone in Hausa language, as saying, “We don’t need money. We have a good reason for doing what we did, until our demands are met none of the victims will come out alive even if it means we all die with them.

“They are well taken care of as you can see from the pictures we sent to you via WhatsApp but we assure you that this will not continue.

We chose you (Tukur Mamu) to convey this important message to the government, the families of the victims and Nigerians, in general, because we believe you won’t alter our message and we have seen you severally with Sheikh Gumi in the forest. Therefore, we recognised the fearlessness in you.”

Barra noted that it had been two months since the abduction, warning that anything could happen to the abducted passengers henceforth, according to Mamu. He disclosed that Barra also said the reason for the abduction was to retaliate the arrest and detention of their children by the security agencies, and demanded their release.

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