The publisher of the Desert Herald Newspaper Kaduna-based newspaper, Tukur Mamu, helped broker the release of seven hostages who were kidnapped from the Kaduna-bound train that was attacked by gunmen in March.
Mamu, who is also a media consultant for a popular Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, helped secure the release of 11 hostages in June.
According to the Desert Herald, those released on Saturday are Bosede Olurotimi, Abubakar Zubairu, Alhassan Sule, and Sadiq Ango Abdullahi.
Others are Muhammad Daiyabu Paki, Aliyu Usman and a Pakistani Muhammad Abuzar Afzal.
Although Mr. Mamu had earlier announced that he would withdraw from mediation between the government and the gunmen due to what he said was tepid government involvement, he decided to resume negotiations with the gunmen after notable members reportedly of the victims’ families persuaded him to reconsider. His decision.
He said the seven hostages were handed over to him in Kaduna on Saturday night.
Like the previous release, Mr. Mamu said that he initiated the most recent release of abductees with the support of his director, Mr. Gumi.
He thanked the military for the support provided during the rescue mission.
“After the victims were successfully evacuated, traveling over 40 kilometers into the forest, they were given a military escort back to Kaduna,” said Mr. Mamu.
Mamu said no ransom was paid for the passengers’ release.
“Money cannot accomplish what I have done today. And I will never get involved in any matter that has to do with money.
“We must come together as a nation to meet our challenges. I pray and hope that the government learns many lessons in today’s development. We thank Allah that he uses us to make many happy,” Mr. Mamu said.