The federal government has began talks with terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train last month.
Relatives of passengers abducted, by the terrorists demanding ransom, confirmed this during a press conference in Kaduna on Friday.
The family members, who beckoned on the federal government to fast track the release of their kidnapped relatives, lambasted Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, for declaring his presidential ambition, days after the incident where eight persons, according to authorities, were killed, dozens injured, with a yet-to-be ascertained number of passengers abducted.
Abdulfatai Jimoh, who addressed journalists on behalf of other relatives of the abducted passengers, confirmed the negotiation between the federal government and the terrorists.
“It is true that we gave the Federal Government 72 hour ultimatum which expired yesterday (Thursday) midnight,” Mr Jimoh confirmed. “We are grateful to God that before the expiration of the 72 hours, we heard from the Federal Government after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday through the Minister of Information that the government is already on top of the situation with what has happened.
“We acknowledged it and we appreciate it. But what we want to add is that the government should speed up the process of discussion with them (terrorists) so that they can come out to release our people soonest. This is our appeal now,” he added.