The Federal Government says all the passengers abducted from a Kaduna-bound train on March 28, 2022, have been released.
Chief of Defense Staff Action Committee (CDSAC) Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf, announced this on Wednesday afternoon.
“I am pleased to announce to the nation and the world that at 1600Hrs. (4:00pm) today, Wednesday 5-10-2022, the seven-man Presidential Committee assembled by the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General L E O Irabor, secured the release and took custody of all the 23 remaining passengers held hostage by Boko Haram Terrorists following the attack on the Abuja to Kaduna train on 28-3-2022.
“The nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Nigerian Military under the leadership of the CDS who conceived and guided the operation. from start to finish. All sister Security Agencies and the Federal Ministry of Transportation contributed immensely to this Operation.
“The unwavering support of the President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is what made it all possible.
“Members of this Committee are grateful for the rare honour and privilege to be part of this Humanitarian Operation. May God Almighty Heal Our Wounds and Bring Peace to Our Land.”
Recalls that terrorists had attacked a Kaduna-bound train from Abuja on March 28, killing about eight people and abducting over 60 passengers. Millions of naira were said to have been paid in ransom to secure the release of the victims in batches.
The Federal Government had since suspended Abuja-Kaduna train service and promised to facilitate the release of all the victims in captivity.
The DEFENDER reports that Wednesday’s release was the desired result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s will, not only to ensure release of the kidnap victims but also, to get them out alive.