Following the news that one of the hostages had been shot, the families of the Kaduna train attack victims have requested assistance from the government in releasing the hostages.
On Wednesday, the families went to see several members of the House of Representatives and pleaded with the authorities to step up their search for the kidnapped children.
Last Monday, Manur Soro (APC, Bauchi), Bamidele Salam (PDP, Osun), and 10 other members of the House moved a motion on the House floor requesting the release of the hostages.
Families were welcomed by Messrs. Salam and Soro at the National Assembly compound in Abuja.
The wife of one of the abducted victims, Matilda Kabir, spoke on behalf of the families, stating that the uncertainty is killing. They don’t know who the next victim will be; she claimed.
According to Mrs. Kabir, the families have been in agony for 94 days, wondering what will become of their loved ones.
“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,” she said.
Aminu Uthman, whose brother was kidnapped, pleaded with the legislators to exert pressure on the administration to achieve the release of those who are being held captive.
“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 terrible news.
“We are here to meet the right people to do the right thing to put more pressure on the federal government and security agencies to do more to get the captives released. Every second is very important,” he said.
In response, Mr. Bamidele stated that the House is speaking with the appropriate authorities.
He gave the family reassurance that the government will arrange for the victims’ release.
“So as we are talking to the government, we are also in talks with the negotiators— the middlemen, 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,” he said.
Mr. Soro added that they will discuss the situation in a meeting with the Speaker, the Chief of Defence Staff, and other security authorities.
On March 28, a group of bandits assaulted a train headed for Kaduna, killing several passengers while kidnapping others.
11 hostages were recently freed by the organization, thanks to an agreement arranged by controversial Islamic preacher Ahmad Gumi of Kaduna.
Alwan Hassan, the managing director of the Bank of Agriculture, was freed during Ramadan after a ransom was paid. He was allegedly released for humane reasons, according to the bandits.
Several of the passengers who were kidnapped are still being held captive months later.