Deadlocked negotiations, FG seeks foreign aid

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Negotiations between the federal government and the kidnappers of as many as 68 passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train may have stalled following the gunmen’s insistence on the release of their commanders in exchange for the abductees.

The punch gathered as the gang insisted on a swap of their men in custody with the passengers abducted during an attack on the train in Katari, Kaduna on March 28.

Our correspondent has learned that the federal government is seeking foreign aid and technical expertise to break the impasse.

Around eight people were killed and 26 others injured when gunmen shelled the railway line and fired shots at the train bound for Kaduna.

So far, the gunmen have freed three hostages, including the General Manager of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Hassan; Sadique, son of Ango Abdullahi, organizer of the Northern Elders Forum and a pregnant woman who breathed the air of freedom on Saturday.

A woman is said to have given birth to a baby girl in the camp of kidnappers suspected of being affiliated with the terrorist group Boko Haram.

A security source familiar with the negotiations said: “The negotiation literally failed; the bandits/terrorists always insist on exchanging their commanders in custody with the abducted passengers. The government is seeking foreign aid to break the impasse.

A security expert said the decision to seek foreign aid was justified, noting that the US, UK and other Western nations had the expertise to help the country.

Meanwhile, the United States has again insisted that the military must comply with the Arms Export Control Act, the Foreign Assistance Act and other international standards in the deployment. and the use of the Super Tucano in the country.

The US government has declared that the AECA applies to the sale of military equipment to all of its allies and partners.

He therefore cautioned against using the Super Tucano in areas that encroach on traditional law enforcement roles.

The United States Embassy’s response to a request for The punch on whether the military can deploy the aircraft against bandits in the North West region who have been designated as terrorists by the FG following an order by Judge Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on November 25, 2021, said, “We recognize the multiple security challenges facing Nigeria and appreciate the ongoing deliberations of the judiciary, government and military to address insecurity while respecting human rights. the man.

“We are delighted that the Nigerian Air Force has successfully used the A-29 Super Tucanos against Boko Haram sects and the Islamic State in West Africa. The sale of the A-29 Super Tucanos is governed by the United States Arms Export Control Act, the Foreign Assistance Act, and other applicable laws, and their use must be consistent with international standards as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations.

“The AECA applies to sales to all of our allies and partners and generally cautions against uses that intrude on traditional law enforcement roles. We are proud to partner with the Government of Nigeria to achieve goals common.”

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