A renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has secured the released of four children, their parents and a sixty year old woman.

This was contained in a statement issued by Gumi’s Media Consultant, Tukur Mamu and made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The statement noted that for the first time since the abduction of the passengers of the train over 4 months ago, the renowned Islamic scholar has reached out to the abductors through his Media Consultant.

The statement noted, ” Gumi sent Allah’s messages to them and consistently pleaded with them to consider the release of the poor children and their innocent parents.

” It was learnt that the health condition of two of the teenage children has deteriorated since the flogging incidence that affected their helpless father. A total of additional 7 hostages were therefore released today (Wednesday).

” The husband of the four kids is a staff of the National Assembly Commission. There was no intervention from the Commission or NASS on his behalf since the travails begun.

” This is to confirm to the world that due to Sheikh Gumi’s efforts and with the support of a serving Senator from the North, (a God fearing personality that doesn’t have any relationship with the hostages) who chose to remained anonymous that all the family of six have regained their freedom on Wednesday morning.

” Also released is a 60 year old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan who was said to have been released due to life threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

” The names of the six family members that were released are Abubakar Idris Garba who is the father of the four kids, his wife Maryama Abubakar Bobbo and their eldest son, Ibrahim Abubakar Garba who is 10 years old.

” Others include Fatima Abubakar Garba 7 years, Imran Abubakar Garba 5 years old and youngest Zainab Abubakar Garba who is only one and half years.

” The husband, Abubakar is the son of Maj Gen Idris Garba (rtd). Gen. Garba who is now bed ridden is an indigene of Niger State and was a former Military Administrator of Kano and Benue States during the administration of former Head Of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida,

“Sheikh Gumi had also prayed for the immediate release of the remaining victims and urged government to intensify efforts towards achieving that. He said the delay in releasing the remaining victims is unnecessary and one that is achievable once the right approach has been taken.

Rel Adamu Yusuf