A 21-year-old female Christian, Azurfa amongst kidnapped passengers in the Kaduna-Abuja train attack is set to be married off by terrorists.
A former negotiator and media consultant to Islamic Scholar, Ahmed Gumi, Tukur Mamu, revealed this in a statement on Friday.
According to Mamu “one of the commanders is in love with her” and is planning to marry her any moment from now.
He further called on the federal government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to immediately secure the release.
The statement disclosed that the terrorists are, “planning to marry her any moment from now”, as “they have done in the case of Leah Sharibu”.
Sharibu, a secondary school student was amongst the 110 girls abducted by members of the Islamic West African Province of the Islamic State (ISWAP) at the Government Girls’ Science and Technology College, Dapchi in Yobe State on February 19, 2018.
She was said to have been married off to one of their commanders, and to date, yet to return to her family.
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 the relevant authorities to engage the abductors on her case as soon as possible before it is late.”
Terrorist Releases Four More Victims
Meanwhile, the terrorists in the early hours of Friday released the oldest victim in captivity alongside three others.
The 90-year-old grandmother, Halimatu Atta, her daughter, 53, Adama Aliyu, Mohammed Sani Abdulmaji and Modin Bodinga have reunited with their families in Kaduna State.
The development came nine days after the terrorists released a family of six, and according to Mamu, 23 victims were still left in the forest.
The statement by Mamu reads: “I can confirm that earlier on Friday, four additional victims of the train attack were released by their abductors. The four released victims just left my office.
“They said they came collectively to thank me for the past efforts I made to mediate on their behalf and for convincing their abductors to drop the threats of executing them and to plead for all stakeholders especially the federal government to intensify efforts as the condition of the remaining 23 victims they left at the forest is pathetic.
“Amongst those that were released on Friday includes the oldest victim, a grandmother, Mama Halimatu Atta. She is 90 years old. Also released is her daughter, a 53-year-old married woman, Adama Atta Aliyu, (the woman that was bravely shown in the last video protesting and challenging her captors and lamenting failure to secure their release). The victim that first suggested my name to the abductors, as one of those to be contacted to mediate between them and the federal government, Mohammed Sani Abdulmaji (M.S Ustaz) and a Sokoto indigene, Alhaji Modin Modi Bodinga were also released on Friday.
“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.
“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 her 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.”