Train attack: ‘terrorists’ commander didn’t force marriage proposal on me’

by Emmanuel Okikiola

The youngest victim of the 23 Abuja-Kaduna train kidnapped passengers released recently Lois Azurfa John, who one of the terrorists’ commanders was reported to have been planning to forcibly marry, has said the marriage issue was a mere offer which she rejected.

Miss John, who spoke yesterday from her hospital bed stated that the marriage offer was never forced on her by the terrorists’ commander.

Miss John said yesterday  that the terrorists asked a number of the female hostages for marriage, but they all rejected their offer. They never forced anyone to accept.

Lois, who had gone through blood transfusion and still on admission since their release on Wednesday, said though she thought she would never come out of the terrorists’ den, now that she is out, she has forgiven her abductors.

She said: “From the scene of the attack, the terrorists   collected our phones.

“We walked a distance that night before bikes came. Then, they took us to where we spent that night. We journeyed for four days before we got to where they dropped us, that is their main camp.

“We cook in the morning and in the evening. We eat twice a day. Anytime we are sick, they gave us drugs.   The terrorists have medical doctors who come around to provide medical care for us.”

The news of our leaving the camp came unexpectedly. The terrorists asked us to start packing our things. The preparation took a week until the final day when they now asked us to move and they handed us over to the Presidential Committee.

The Nation

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