The terrorists on Wednesday released the remaining victims kidnapped during a train attack along Abuja-Kaduna road six months ago, while it is recalled that eighty people died during the violent attack which occurred March 28, 2022
Penpushing reports that, the secretary of a committee set up by the Chief of Defence Staff, Usman Yusuf disclosed this but was silence on whether a ransom was paid to free the remaining hostages or what deal the government had with the terrorists.
“I am pleased to announce to the nation and the world that at 4: pm Wednesday the seven-man presidential committee assembled by the chief of Defence Staff 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’, he said.
“The Nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Nigerian Military under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff 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’,Yusuf added.
“The unwavering support of the President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari is what made it possible. Members of the committee are grateful for the rare honour and privilege to be part of this humanitarian operation’, he added
Penpushing further reports that, it is recalled that,the terrorists had earlier released some of the hostages in batches after ransom was paid by the relatives, while the middleman who helped the victims’ families negotiate with the terrorists, Tukur Mamu, has, however, been arrested by the Department of Secret Service(DSS).
The middleman was arrested on 7 September in Egypt on his way to Saudi Arabia for a lesser Hajj for allegedly conniving with the terrorists is still in custody of the authorities
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