A media consultant to Kaduna based controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, Malam Tukur Mamu, has revealed that many of the hostages still being held by terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train are sick.
Mamu, a former negotiator and Publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald newspaper, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna on Tuesday, adding that the condition of the remaining 27 victims was deteriorating.
Mamu, who He, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to speed up the release of remaining hostages, also debunked reports making the rounds on a social media that the remaining victims had been released by the terrorists.
While describing the rumour of the release of the hostages as “fake news”, Mamu said: “This is to confirm without doubt that the remaining 27 passengers of the train attack are still being held by their abductors, nearly 5 months after the unfortunate and preventable incidence.
“Though I have disengaged myself from negotiating, anxious family members, pressmen and concerned Nigerians have been calling to confirm the veracity of the news while many others justifiably have been celebrating and even congratulating relatives of the innocent victims.
“While it is a news we are all praying earnestly to hear, it is highly irresponsible for peddlers of fake news to circulate sensitive contents that are not only unverifiable, untrue but news items that will certainly trigger anxiety and concerned amongst the family members of those that remained in captivity and millions of their well wishers across the globe.
“The condition of the remaining victims is still very bad. Many of them are sick; the raining season is affecting them so much.
“I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify efforts in securing their release immediately as the situation remains highly unpredictable while the families of those that are still in the bush are incapacitated in whatever way to negotiate the safe release of their loved ones.”
It will be recalled that on 28 March, 2022, terrorists planted explosives devices along the rail track and when the Abuja-Kaduna bound AK-9 passenger train approached the point, the device exploded, causing the train to derail, leading to the death of eight passengers.