Due to their captors’ refusal to uphold a pact with the authorities, the remaining hostages from the Abuja-Kaduna train are still in prison.
On Monday, March 28, in the late hours, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRCtrain )’s AK9 was ambushed between Katari and Rijana in Kaduna.
Over ten individuals were killed and 63 taken hostage by terrorists; about half have since been released, leaving the fate of the other hostages in doubt.
The rebels’ pledge to free the passengers now seems to have been broken.
Thirty terrorists were released from security agency custody after their leadership agreed to a prisoner swap.
According to a member of the intelligence community, the government has tried every strategy—with the exception of paying a ransom—to free the citizens.
The source explained that the negotiations remain the best options as a military operation would cause collateral damages.
“Apart from reneging on the agreement, they are releasing the victims in batches, in the most dubious manner.
“They are now exploiting the situation, extorting victims’ families, while other elements are exploiting the same for political gains.
“We are not authorised to strike because of the fear of damages that could trigger massive outcry by rights activists and the media”, the official added.
According to military sources cited by Newsmen, Bosede Tuwase was one of the seven prisoners freed on July 9.
She is married to Olurotimi Anthony Tuwase, the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) (AFCSC).
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