After intense negotiations between FG and the terrorists, the media consultant of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, Malam Tukur Mamu has revealed that 11 kidnapped train passengers were released on Saturday by the terrorists.
After spending about 74 days in captivity, six females and five male captives were released on Saturday following intense negotiations.
The Publisher of Desert Herald, Tukur Mamu, who served as a mediator, confirmed the development.
He said his sources confided in him that the terrorists released the male captives on health grounds, adding that the women were among the vulnerable in captivity.
He said the 11 victims that were released have been flown on the orders of President Buhari to Abuja for medical evaluation and treatment before the decision to reunite them with their grieving families.
According to him, some retired Army Generals and a renowned professor also assisted toward the release of the passengers.
“It was expected initially that all the abducted women will be released in the first batch while negotiations for the release of the remaining victims will continue but the abductors had cut down the number of women they initially agreed to release because the Nigerian Government had demanded that they include those with life threatening injuries among the released.”
Some relatives of the abducted passengers said that they had been expecting the release of the captives.
Since the incident, the terrorists had released two people, one of them, the Managing Director of Bank of Agriculture Alwan Hassan, who was said to have paid about N100million and a pregnant woman, who was reportedly released on compassionate ground.
Earlier, the abductors had demanded the release of eight of their children said to have been in the custody of the Federal Government