Terrorists have released Sadiq, son of the Chairman of the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi.
Sadiq was abducted along with other passengers in the Abuja-Kaduna bound train on 28th March 2022.
An undisclosed amount of ransom was reportedly paid before he was released by the terrorists.
It was learnt that the young man, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain was among passengers in the Business Class coach of the train when the bandits struck.
Before his abduction, Sadiq had on 5th February 2022, defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP.
A former deputy governor of Zamfara State, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, was among the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers, who were shot by the terrorists on that fateful evening.
A member of the victim’s family said he was released on Friday.
According to the family member, Sadiq was identified by his friends and relatives when the terrorists recently released pictures of the abducted train passengers in their captivity.
The source said the terrorists never knew they were keeping the son of one of the highly respected elders in the region and by extension the country.
He said, “You see, that’s why we are very careful now. Negotiations between the government and the terrorists for the release of our loved ones have reached an advanced stage.
“We don’t want to jeopardise the process now. So, if you identify any person on the released photos, please we are advising people to keep mute. We are sure the terrorists later found out who Sadiq was and decided to negotiate for his freedom.
Sadiq is the only son of his father and his mother, the late Hajiya Jummai Alhassan (Mama Taraba), a former Minister.
It was gathered that he is currently undergoing psychological rehabilitation in a private hospital in Kaduna after reuniting with his family.
The source said that his release was a result of intensive negotiations
The first victim that was released by the terrorists was the Managing Director of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA), Alwan Hassan, who was alleged to have paid a huge ransom.