Tukur Mamu, the negotiator for the Kaduna Train attack kidnapped passengers, has alerted the federal government and the Christian Association of Nigeria of the terrorists’ plot to marry off a 21-year-old victim, Azurfa Lois John.
According to LIB, the 300-level Kaduna State University student and her cousin, Peace Aboi, 28, were among the passengers kidnapped by terrorists that ambushed the Kaduna-bound AK9 train on March 28, 2022. Peace was eventually released, along with eleven other captives.
Mamu, a Media Consultant to notorious Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, disclosed this on Friday, August 19, while updating reporters on the four passengers liberated by the terrorists after being held captive for almost four months.
According to Mamu, one of the terrorists’ senior commanders is in love with Ms John and wishes to marry her.
He urged with the Federal Government and other stakeholders to step up efforts to free the 23 victims still being held by the terrorists, whose health conditions, he said, are pitiful and require immediate medical attention.
According to him, the CAN must not politicise or take the information with levity, adding that relevant authorities should engage the abductors in her (Lois) case as soon as possible before it is late.
“This is to alert the federal government and especially the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that I can confirm through credible information at my disposal that if urgent action is not taken to immediately secure the release of the youngest victim of the train attack, a 21-year-old Azurfa Lois John, the abductors as they have done in the case of Leah Sharibu are planning to marry her any moment from now. One of the top commanders is said to be in love with her,” Mamu said.
“This important information should be treated with the urgency it deserves. Even though I know that releasing this information will not only unsettle her immediate family and loved ones but Nigerians as a whole, it is necessary to do so to avoid a repeat of Leah Sharibu’s case
“I advise CAN in particular not to politicise this issue or reduce it to mere press releases as I have seen in the past but to work closely with relevant authorities to engage the abductors on case as soon as possible before it is late
“I pray that in view of the uncertainties which are becoming alarming, the federal government will also act very fast to ensure the release of all the remaining victims,” he added.