We’re considering suicide, say relatives of abducted train passengers

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Relatives and friends of abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna AK-9 train, on Thursday, begged the Federal Government to speed up the process of the release of the remaining 50 hostages who had so far spent 87 days with terrorists.

The PUNCH reported that the bandits had penultimate Saturday released 11 out of the 61 abductees, leaving 50 in their den.

However, the relatives and friends of the abducted passengers said some of them are contemplating suicide while thinking of the harrowing experience the remaining 50 hostages were going through.

Addressing journalists in Kaduna on Thursday, Dr. Abdulfatai Jimoh, who spoke on behalf of other families, said their joy would know no bounds if the remaining 50 hostages are set free by their captors in the shortest time possible.

Jimoh said, “Since this dark day of March 28, 2022, only 11 people out of the abducted citizens have been reunited with their families, leaving behind 50 innocent Nigerians in the hands of their abductors under horrible conditions of living.

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“Our hearts were gladdened on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 when Mr President issued fresh orders to security chiefs to spare no effort in freeing the remaining 50 hostages.

“Our joy will know no bounds if this presidential directive is given accelerated action that results in a positive outcome.

“Family members of these hostages are not left out in this harrowing experience with some already in depression with suicidal thoughts. We cannot wait to see the end of this nightmare.

“While we had expected all the women and children (22 people in total) held hostage to have been released in the first phase of the negotiation with the abductors, we are glad to receive the 11 persons now rescued, but our joy will only be complete when all abductees regain their freedom.”

theeditor[at]punchng.com

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