Barely 24 hours after a new video went viral, the relatives of the victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack have renewed the call for the return of their loved ones.
It had reported how bandits attacked a train on March 28 at Katari village in Kaduna State, abducting many passengers onboard in the process.
Although some of the train passengers have been released after ransoms were reportedly paid, dozens of victims are said to be left in the custody of the bandits.
On Sunday, the terrorists released a new video in which they were seen manhandling some of the victims and flogging them with sticks as they cried and pleaded for help.
One of the kidnapped passengers was seen recounting how they were abducted, saying the government has failed to secure their release.
He pleaded with members of the international community, including the United Nations, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France, among others to help secure their release.
Disturbed by the video, the families of the victims picketed the headquarters of the Ministry of Transportation in Abuja on Monday.
Armed with placards with various inscriptions, they asked the Federal Government to take steps to secure the release of their loved ones who were abducted by the terrorists.
Some of the inscriptions read: ‘Our blood pressure keeps on rising every day’, ‘We hardly sleep with our two eyes closed’, and ‘Relatives of kidnapped victims are pleading with Mr President for urgent help’.
Mr Ahmed Aruwa, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved families, said they would continue to block the entrance of the Ministry of Transportation until they get a definite response from the government.