The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said terrorists did not honour negotiations to release the kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna train passengers.
KEMI FILANI NEWS recalls that the terrorists attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound AK9 train on March 28 and kidnapped some of the passengers.
Shehu said the terrorists had frustrated the efforts of the Federal Government to rescue the remaining abductees.
The presidential spokesman stated this on Friday during an interview with the BBC Hausa.
According to him, based on the FG’s efforts, nobody could say that it was “not doing anything” to secure their release.
Shehu explained that the bandits’ leader holding the train passengers hostage had requested the release of his wife and some of his comrades but failed to release the hostages despite the FG meeting his demands.
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He added, “Anyone who says that the government is not doing anything or has not done anything does not know what contributions we are making to fight for their freedom. Don’t forget since this thing happened, the leader of the abductors said his concern was to get his pregnant wife out of the security mess she was in.
“Nigerian government took her to the hospital, she delivered twins and he was shown his twins’ health alongside his wife and was handed over to his parents thinking that the government had done a well-done job.
“After this, they brought a new request that there are about six to seven of his boys in Yola with the hope that if they were released, they will free all abductors in their custody. The outcome was that they said they needed money. So, nobody should say that the government is not doing anything,”