The Nigerian military has announced the release of all the remaining 23 passengers held hostage by bandits following the attack on the Abuja to Kaduna train on 28th March this year.
A statement issued today by the Chief of Defense Staff Action Committee (CDSAC), Prof. Usman Yusuf, said their release was secured this Wednesday.
The statement reads: “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 sisters 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.”
Indeed this is a good news to all Nigerians and people of the World who were eagerly waiting for the time they would be released.
It would also be of cheer news to the Nigerian Railway Corporation who has lost considerable amount of money since the stoppage of the Abuja Kaduna service since six months ago.
It now behoves on the government and the Corporation to put in place adequate security measures to guarantee lives and property of passengers whenever the train resumes service.