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About four more kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna Train passengers have been released by terrorists who kidnapped them alongside several others on Monday night.
Three of them were released on Monday, according to a source privy to the negotiations leading to their freedom from terrorists’ den while the fourth person was released about six days ago.
The kidnap victims include Oluwatoyin Ojo, Hassan Lawan, and Pastor Ayodeji Oyewumi, while Mrs Gladys Brumen was earlier released days ago.
Hassan was one of the kidnap victims who spoke in the latest video released by the terrorists on Saturday, where he called on the international community to come to their aid in captivity.
The trio release comes about 48 hours after the terrorists released their latest video where they were seen flogging the kidnapped passengers.
The video has drawn widespread anger and outrage among Nigerians.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that 24 of the passengers have been released so far in six batches beginning with the Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture, Hassan Alwan, who was released few days after the attack.
The terrorists later released a pregnant woman afterwhich a Kaduna-based publisher and media consultant to Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi, Malam Tukur Mamu, became the lead negotiator with the terrorists for the release of the remaining passengers.
Mamu led negotiations for the release of 18 of the passengers in two batches. 11 were released on June 11, 2022 and another group of seven passengers were released on July 9, 2022 and reunited with their families.
The terrorists threatened to kill the remaining hostages except the federal government meet their demands, including releasing their detained fighters both convicted and those awaiting trial.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the Boko-Haram terrorists later attacked the Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja, releasing hundreds of inmates including 69 of them facing terrorism charges.
Meanwhile, the latest released three passengers have arrived Kaduna and will be reunited with their families shortly.