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Freedom For The Last 23 Train Captives; Dr Chinelo’s Killing, But What Happens To The Over Pampered Bandits ?

The Oasis Reporters



October 8, 2022




Freed at last…

By Greg Abolo

On October 5, 2022, it was announced that the last remaining captives still in the hands of the terrorists some have labeled as Fulani bandits or book haram islamists etc, have finally been freed.

Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi made an iconic tweet.


Atiku Abubakar also tweeted.



Nigerians saw President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement.



Shot and killed by the Train hijackers..Dr. Chinelo Megafu.

Channels Television told us that terrorists on Wednesday freed 23 remaining captives of the Kaduna train attack.

“This was disclosed by the Secretary of the Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee, Usman Yusuf. He said the hostages were released at about 4 pm.

“I am pleased to announce to the nation and the world that at 1600Hrs. (4:00pm) today, Wednesday 5-10-2022, the seven-man Presidential Committee assembled by the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General L E O Irabor, secured the release and took custody of all the 23 remaining passengers held hostage by Boko Haram Terrorists following the attack on the Abuja to Kaduna train on 28-3-2022,” he said.

According to him, the committee took custody of the victims who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists during an attack on a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.

“The nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Nigerian Military under the leadership of the CDS who conceived and guided the operation from start to finish. All sister Security Agencies and the Federal Ministry of Transportation contributed immensely to this Operation,” Yusuf added.

“The unwavering support of the President and Commander in Chief GCFR is what made it all possible. Members of this Committee are grateful for the rare honour and privilege to be part of this humanitarian operation.”

The terrorists, who attacked the AK9 Train in Kaduna, had before now released hostages piecemeal with the last release being on August 19, 2022.

The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack had attracted international and national outrage.

Distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.

Worried about the situation, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) temporarily suspended activities with President Muhammadu Buhari directing security agencies to rescue the victims after he met their families.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, had said the Abuja-Kaduna rail line will not resume until all those kidnapped by bandits in March are rescued and reunited with their families.

A terrorist negotiator, Tukur Mamu, was on September 6, 2022, arrested in Cairo, Egypt while on his way to Saudi Arabia and returned to Nigeria the next day.

The Department of State Services had alleged that Mamu, who negotiated between terrorists and families of kidnap victims, was part of an international terrorist network and used the cover of journalism to perpetrate his deeds.

Popular Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, to whom Mamu is an aide, had faulted the arrest of Mamu.

Gumi had asked the security agency to charge Mamu to court if it had any evidence against him, rather than keeping him in custody.

But the DSS, in its reaction, said it would not be distracted by some skewed narratives in the media and requested to be left alone to concentrate on the ongoing investigations, the outcomes of which it said have remained ‘mind boggling’.

Mourning Dr. Chinelo : Buhari Says Security Agencies Get All They Want, Approved, But Insecurity Is Worldwide

On April 23, 2022, some Nigerians, according to Dr. Jekwu Ozoemene were at the Ebony Vaults Ikoyi earlier in the day with Toun Adenrele Lawson (Global Alumni President FGC Lagos) for the internment of Dr. Chinelo Megafu.

Chinelo was an alumna of Queens College Lagos, while her Father, Samuel Ifeanyi Megafu is a member of the pioneer set (1977) of Federal Government College (FGC) Enugu.

The FGCE Pioneer set were out in full force to support one of their own.

FGC Enugu was there.

USOSA was there.

Nigeria was there.

A sad day for the USOSA family, the Megafu’s and Nigeria.

Federal Government College, Enugu, Nigeria.

Talk about social ties making a people resilient to trauma that non state actors impose on people because they have the unearned privilege to carry guns and terrorize the rest of the hapless Nigerians.




“Whatever the security Agencies request I make it available to them immediately. But insecurity is a worldwide phenomenon. The cure and the answer is for all sections of society to do their bit and confront the criminals head-on.”, Pres. Buhari told some traditional leaders.

As Nigerians, we find ourselves mourning the loss of innocents and wondering how our societies can find normalcy in such a situation. From mass abduction of female students from schools and the offer of millions of naira to the kidnappers as ransom payment and little or no action from the security forces…this is outrageous.

Can this be permitted in other serious countries ?

Something must be done to turn the tide and make the people feel safe in their various places. Time to reset Nigeria is now.

Adieu, Dr. Chinelo Megafu. All that the young girl wanted to do was to serve her nation and humanity.

Dr. Daniel P. Aldrich, Northeastern University says that in his research on the role of social networks during and after crises provides an alternative approach. Rather than focusing on hardening our physical infrastructure, our societies become more resilient when we deepen and broaden our social infrastructure. Social ties provide emotional support, information and collective action at critical times.

We’re here for you

During and after traumatic events, we need other people. Social ties measurably lessen the effects of trauma and allow us to grieve, work through our adversity, and create and offer support”.

By Greg Abolo

Further Credits:
Dr. Jekwu Ozoemene
The Conversation
Channels TV

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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