Family members visit Reps, plead for kidnapped train passengers’ rescue
Family members of the passengers kidnapped by terrorists who attacked an Abuja-Kaduna train, on Wednesday, visited the House of Representatives to plead with the lawmakers to ensure the rescue of the abductees.

The visit came few days after one of the victims was reportedly shot by the abductors.

Two family members, who spoke on behalf of others, begged the lawmakers to urgently intervene in the matter.

They were received by two members of the House, Messrs Bamidele Salam (PDP/Osun) and Mansur Soro (APC/Bauchi), who represented 11 lawmakers that have been pushing for the release of the captives.

The wife of one of the kidnapped victims, Matilda Kabir, said it was shocking that one of the victims was shot dead, expressing fear for the life of those in captivity.

Kabir said, “We are here to plead with the House of Representatives. The news we are getting is not favourable. We are here to beg them to help us. It is not funny again.

“The news we got this morning is one person was shot. We don’t know who is next. My husband is there. We don’t know if it would be any other person.

“Nigerians should help. My husband is in captivity. They have been suffering. Imagine sleeping and standing there for 94 days. We are going to a hundred days. Please help us.”

Another family member, Aminu Uthman, whose brother was kidnapped, said the Federal Government and security agencies should be put under more pressure to ensure their release.

Uthman said, “We are here to meet members of the House to continue pleading on efforts to release our family members because of the news we got this morning that one of the captives was shot. It is a terrible news. We are here to meet the right people to do the right thing to put more pressure on the FG and security agencies to do more to get the captives release. Every second is very important.”

Salam said it was horrible to have little children, sick and elderly people held in such a hostile environment.

He said the lawmakers had on Tuesday initiated contact with two persons directly involved with the negotiations for the release of the victims.

The lawmaker said, “They also will be willing to grant the request of the government. So, as we were talking to the government, we are also in talks with the negotiators, the middle men, who are persons who directly talk to these abductors and we are very hopeful that, by the grace of God, we would be able to get something tangible within the shortest possible time.

“I must also add that the Speaker met with family members some weeks ago and he is on the matter. We are briefing him again on this matter to ensure he takes further steps to make government hasten to secure the release of the people.”

Also, Soro said the lawmakers would intensify pressure in appropriate quarters to ensure the captives are freed.

He said, “We have heard and would continue to put pressure to get them free. We in the House would not stop. We share in their sorrow and pain. It is our commitment not to leave any stone unturned in our effort to ensure the victims are released unhurt.

“We will meet with the Speaker, the Chief of Defence Staff and other security agencies. We call on the Executive to do the needful. Security of lives and property is the primary responsibility of government. We have multiple efforts on the tables.”


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