Seven more hostages have been freed by the terrorists that attacked the AK-9 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28.

A family of six and a sick woman were the persons released.

The disclosure was made by Tukur Mamu, Publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald and Media Consultant to Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

Mamu said the seven were released following the intervention of his principal, Gumi.

The identities of the released family of six are Abdubakar Idris Garba, his wife, Maryam Abubakar Bobo, and their eldest son, Ibrahim Abubakar Garba, who’s 10 years old.

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

 A 60-year-old woman, one Hajia Aisha Hassan, was also reportedly released due to life-threatening health challenges that deteriorated recently.

So far, 42 victims have regained their freedom. The number of those still in captivity now stands at 35.



President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the release of N100bn to health care investors and indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers as an intervention by the federal government to expand their capital base and boost local production of medicines and medical consumables.

This was disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja during a meeting between the new executives of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the president.

He said, the loan would be facilitated through the Central Bank of Nigeria to support the private pharmaceutical sector.

Speaking on brain drain in the health sector, Buhari said he had directed the Minister of Health to look into ways of turning “brain drain” to “brain gain” by engaging top Nigerian medical experts in the diaspora in knowledge and skills repatriation.

The President extended a congratulatory message to a former president of the body Osahon Enabulele, president-elect of the World Medical Association, the first Nigerian to hold the position, he expressed confidence in Enabulele towards improving health care delivery in Nigeria and lower income countries.

NMA President Uche Rowland Ojinmah asked Buhari to ensure full and appropriate implementation of the National Health Insurance Authority Act, provision of “adequate work equipment, conducive work environment and necessary budget support as well as elongation of the retirement age for medical consultants to 70 years and 65 years for non-consultant doctors and other healthcare workers.


 The convoy of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 12 with Headquarters, Bauchi, Audu Madaki ,  has been attacked by gunmen , leaving him injured and one of his guards dead .

The AIG was reportedly on his way to the FCT from Bauchi ,when the gunmen attacked him.

A source at the Zone 12 headquarters disclosed that AIG Audu Madaki was shot at and injured during the attack while his Orderly was shot dead.

Security has been beefed up around the zone as the AIG continues to receive treatment at an undisclosed health facility.

Armed police agents have been deployed to the area on a hunt to arrest the perpetrators .

The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Thomas Gonihas has not commented on the incident as at the time of filing this report.