By Elohor Igbru
It is a season of unending agony for family members of the kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna bound train as more than 30 of them still remain in captivity, with report that one of the victims was shot by the abductors.
Family members told select members of the House of Representatives Bamidele Salam and Manu Masur on behalf of 11 other legislators who have been pushing for the release of the abductees, that the government must do more to rescue the remaining passengers.
Matilda Kabir, wife of one of the victims, who spoke on behalf of the family members, said the government need to expedite action and secure the release of those in captivity.
“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,” Kabir said.
Aminu Uthman’s brother is still in captivity, he described the killing of one of the victims as “terrible news”.
“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 FG and security agencies to do more to get the captives released. Every second is very important,” Uthman said.
In his response, Salam said the government is “in talks with the negotiators and middlemen” who engage directly with the abductors and that “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 (Femi Gbajabiamila) 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,” he said.