Families of the abducted passengers of the ill-fated Kaduna-Abuja train has disclosed that the Federal Government has assured them that they have started dialoguing with the terrorists.
One of the family members of the victims who was appointed to represent all other persons pressing for the release of their loved ones, Dr Jimoh Fatai, on Friday said the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, addressed them after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.
Armed terrorists had in March attacked a Kaduna-bound train carrying hundreds of passengers, killing eight and kidnapping several others.
The train, which left Abuja at about 6 p.m., was attacked between Katari and Rijana.
The bandits recently issued a statement threatening to kill all the abductees if the FG does not meet their demands.
Fatai, on behalf of the relatives of the victims expressed joy over the new development.
He said, “After the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, we heard from the Federal Government through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed that the government is in dialogue. That government is already discussing with the abductors of our relatives.
“We are happy about it, we note it, we acknowledge it and we appreciate the efforts of the government in that regard. What we are now appealing for is that government should speed up the process.”