A terror leader whose team masterminded the abduction of 62 passengers from a Kaduna-bound train is set to marry one of the captives, Azurfa Lois John.
A frontline negotiator and publisher of Desert Herald, Tukur Mamu, disclosed this on Friday, urging the federal government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)) to act promptly to secure the release of the 21-year-old lady who, according to him is the youngest victim of the train attack.
“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,” Mamu said in a statement. “One of the top commanders is said to be in love with her.”
Mamu also emphasised the urgency of the situation, saying the development will not only agitate the victim but her immediate family, loved ones and the nation at large. “It is necessary to do so to avoid the repeat of Leah Sharibu’s case,” he cautioned.
However, Mamu urged CAN, in particular, not to politicise the issue or reduce it to mere press releases as seen in the past, but to work closely with relevant authorities to engage the abductors in her case as soon as possible before it is too 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,” Mamu prayed.
On March 28, brazing terrorists derailed a Kaduna-bound train, killing 10 passengers and kidnapping 62. However, the victims are being released in batches as their families have raised ransom to secure their release. Recently, four of them were released, as some still remain in captivity.