One of the passengers from the Abuja-Kaduna train who was liberated, Sidi Aminu Sharif, described his four months of captivity.
The victim, who was released on Tuesday, August 2 along with four other passengers, described how he was unintentionally shot by the terrorists on their 85th day in the cave.
The victim claimed that attempts to extract the bullets were unsuccessful when speaking in the Kaduna office of Tukur Mamu, a Kaduna-based publisher who helped organize the release of some of the train passengers.
Sharif claimed that despite numerous tries, the terrorists’ doctor who was brought in to treat Sharif was unable to remove the bullet from his abdomen.
The sufferer claimed that in order to have the bullet removed from his body, a proper medical treatment would be required.
“I am one of the passengers of the train attacked in Kaduna on its way from Abuja. I could remember how it happened when the train was conveying us to Kaduna. As we were sitting on the train, I could remember I praying when we heard a loud sound… I was shot on my stomach in captivity. A doctor tried to remove it but he could not. He used my clothes to manage the blood which flowed to my knees,” he explained.
“He used gloves and search my stomach to pull out the bullet but couldn’t find, he later used scissors but still couldn’t find any bullet in my stomach. Eventually, he just put bandage round my stomach. Up till now, we didn’t see the bullet. I don’t know if it’s still in my stomach. I hope now that we are free, I can go to the hospital for x-ray if the bullet can be found.
“The past four months in the terrorists’ den was traumatic. There was no rest of mind, because we were sleeping and waking up with sight of guns.”
He, however said the remaining captives, including children and an aged woman, were in pitiable condition, urging the Federal Government to do everything with its power to get them rescued soonest.
“The people remaining captivity are not in good condition, especially there is a woman who is close to 90 years of age and even children who are in pitiable condition. In fact, we don’t want any of the remaining passengers to spend one more day in the jungle. The government should do whatever it can in its capacity to ensure the rest also come back home tomorrow (Wednesday) ” he added.