Five more passengers of the Abuja train attack on Tuesday regained freedom after they were released by their captors after spending four months in captivity.
The released victims are Prof. Mustapha Umar Imam, Akibu Lawal; Abubakar Ahmed Rufai, Mukthar Shu’aibu and Sidi Aminu Sharif.
Confirming their release in Kaduna, the lead negotiator and Media Consultant to Sheikh Ahmad Gumi; Malam Tukur Mamu urged the government to hasten and negotiate the release of the remaining victims in captivity because they were in a dangerous situation.
Mamu also harped on the importance of dialogue with the terrorists, insisting that there is nothing dialogue and negotiation could not achieve.
According to him “in a situation where military force cannot work, dialogue would certainly work.
Meanwhile, the freshly released victims expressed gratitude to Allah and thanked Tukur Mamu for the role he had played while negotiating for their freedom.
Recall that last week the terrorists released three victims of 62 hostages of the abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers.
The 62 hostages were kidnapped when gunmen blew up the rail track, killing some and abducting scores of passengers on March 28.
The victims, who consist of two males and a female, secured their freedom around 11 am on Monday.
Nigeriacrime.com reported that they were released by the terrorists at a location inside the forest along the Kaduna – Abuja highway. From there, they were picked up by their relatives.
So far, 27 victims have regained their freedom while 35 others remain in captivity.
It is however not clear if any money was paid to the terrorists to release their abducted victims.