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Pay ransom to secure release of Abuja-Kaduna train victims, Gumi Tells FG

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Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has advised the federal government to pay ransom to secure the release of 62 abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train from terrorists.

The cleric said this on Thursday during a special prayers organised for the victims by the Jama’iyyar Matan Arewa (JMA), in Kaduna.

Recall that bandits had on March 28 attacked a Kaduna bound train, killing nine passengers and abducting 62 others.

Gumi said, “Just imagine now, people are paying up to N25 billion to buy forms instead of using the money to pay ransom for poor Nigerians who cannot pay. Whatever they want, give it to them, so that they release these people and when they release them then, you have the liberty.

“You have the opportunity to deal with them the way they deserve because when they have captives, you have to tread with caution so that their captives will not be injured.”

Speaking also during the prayer session, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Reverend Joseph Hayab, urged leaders to do the right thing and ensure the safe return of the victims.

The President of JMA, Hajiya Rabi Musa Saulawa, said the special prayers session was organized to pray for the safe return of the victims, and the country in general.