Train attack: Negotiations stalled, FG rejects terrorists’ demand for commanders’ release

There are indications that negotiations between the Federal Authorities and terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-Abuja prepare on March 28, have stalled following the refusal of the federal government to accede to their calls for.

The terrorists are maintaining about 100 passengers, who have been kidnapped from the prepare, which derailed at Katari, Kaduna, after it was bombed.

Eight individuals have been killed and 26 others injured when gunmen attacked the prepare and kidnapped the victims.

The Nigerian Railway Company stated it was unable to ascertain contact with 163 of the passengers and 7 crew members, who boarded the prepare.

It was gathered that the demand by the attackers for the discharge of 16 of their commanders and sponsors in custody in alternate for the kidnapped victims was not acceptable to the federal government.

Safety sources stated the authorities have been nonetheless negotiating with the terrorists, whereas exploring different choices to rescue the abductees, who have been seen in a viral video sitting beneath a tree at an unknown location, believed to be the bandits’ camp.

Our correspondent gathered on Friday that the federal government was additionally not able to pay ransom on the abductees.

A supply stated, “The Federal Authorities is trying into their calls for due to the hostages, however the authorities is being cautious; it can’t meet the calls for of the terrorists. The final time the federal government launched some commanders, they went again and the insurgency turned worse.

“So, no one is contemplating releasing the commanders. The terrorists have been additionally given cash beforehand and the scenario didn’t enhance.”

Following the dearth of progress within the negotiations, it was learnt that the terrorists may begin asking the households of the hostages for ransom.

A few of the members of the family had protested the kidnapping of their family members and likewise complained that the terrorists had not contacted them because the victims have been held captive over two weeks in the past.

In the meantime, the Inspector-Normal of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered intensive safety patrols of all public areas and significant nationwide belongings forward of Easter.

He directed all state Commissioners of Police and their supervising Assistant Inspectors-Normal of Police to make sure ample deployment of personnel and operational belongings in areas of safety curiosity of their respective areas of accountability.

The performing power spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed in a press release that the IG additionally instructed the supervising officers to make sure that “confidence-boosting, proactive and excessive visibility patrols” have been carried out on the highways, motor parks, prepare stations, airports, worship centres, recreation centres, banks and different monetary establishments, whereas taking ample measures to supply a peaceable, crime-free, and enabling surroundings for non secular, cultural and different socio-economic actions to thrive.

“As well as, the commissioners of police and their supervising AIGs have been directed to make sure correct supervision of the lads assigned for these assignments. They should be skilled and courteous to law-abiding residents, however agency and ruthless with felony components, who may need to benefit from the festive interval to perpetrate their unholy acts,” the assertion added.

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