The government has done everything it possible to fulfil the demands of the Abuja-Kaduna train terrorists and secure the release of all of the victims, according to Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity.
He stated that the authorities freed the abducted victims after the terrorist leader sought the release of his wife, newborn twins, and seven other children being held in prison.
Shehu made this claim in an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Friday, and he also promised that the government will work to secure the release of any remaining captive victims.
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The administration is making attempts to secure their release, he said, and anyone who argues otherwise may be in the dark.
Let me tell you, at first the gang boss asked for nothing more than the freedom of his pregnant wife from prison. Her government captors took her to the hospital where she gave birth to twins, whereupon they informed him that his wife and children were well and would soon be released.
He insisted on keeping the prisoners and their families behind bars, despite having already demanded the release of six or seven of his children. The government not only granted them their freedom but also arranged for a jet to transport them from the detention facility in Adamawa directly to the terrorists.
Again, they were unrelenting in their refusal to free the captives. When pressed, they asked for donations instead, disproving claims that “the government is doing nothing.”