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Abducted train passenger’s brother cries for help

  The family of Azurfa Lois has appealed to the Federal Government to act fast and prevent her from being married off by her abductors.

 


The family of Azurfa Lois has appealed to the Federal Government to act fast and prevent her from being married off by her abductors.


Lois, a 21-year-old Christian, was onboard the Abuja-Kaduna train attacked by members of the Islamic State of West African Province on March 28, and has been in captivity since then.


A former negotiator between the families of the abducted passengers and the terrorists, Tukur Mamu, had on August 20 raised the alarm that the abductors had expressed interest in keeping Lois for marriage.


He then called on the government and Christian Association of Nigeria to avert a recurrence of Leah Sharibu’s incident.


Speaking with newsmen on Sunday, Lois’ elder brother, Moses Bali, said it appeared the family had been left alone after the alarm by Mamu.

He disclosed that the fear of the family about her return had been compounded with the terrorists’ threat, pleading with the government to prevent her sister from being married out.


Bali said, “Nobody has reached out to us or any of our relatives. We are not aware of any effort taken to ensure that my sister is not married off. Although, everyone seems to have moved on after the threat by the kidnappers to marry my sister off, but we the family have not.


“The threat has increased the fears we have had about her return. We don’t want the same thing that happened to Leah Sharibu to happen to my sister.


“I am appealing to the government to come to our aid. We have nobody and as law-abiding citizens, I believe the right place to channel our plea to is the government. The government should please act fast.”

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