The terrorists who attacked a Abuja-Kaduna train and abducted unspecified number of passengers on Monday, have begun to contact their families.
A family member of one of those abducted from the ill-fated train, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the abductors spoke to them via a phone call Tuesday night, informing them that their sister and other passengers in their custody were safe.
”They told us our sister and other missing passengers were with them in their camps and that she was safe. They didn’t say more than that before ending the call.
”We are scared. We are just praying for God’s intervention and her safety. We are pleading with the kidnappers to release her for us,” he said.
A Kaduna-based civil servant also confirmed that he got a call from the abductors telling him that his mother and sister are in their custody.
He said his mother and sister arrived Nigeria from Saudi Arabia and boarded the train to Kaduna.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to help pray for their safe return.
The abductors are yet to demand ransom, the families said.
No fewer than eight people, including Trade Union Congress (TUC) Secretary-General, Musa Ozigi-Lawal; TUC Kwara State chapter Chairman, Akin Akinsola; National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) Director at Kaduna office, Abdul Isa Kofar-Mata; and a dentist, Dr Chinelo Nwandowere, were killed by the terrorists. About 41 others were injured during the attack.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said it was working on measures to ensure there are no further attacks on trains, including recruiting villagers to secure the tracks and deploying aircraft and drones.