The military has announced the release of all the 23 remaining passengers held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists following the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna -bound train.
In an issued statement by the Chief of Defense Staff Action Committee, (CDSAC), Prof. Usman Yusuf, disclosed that the hostages’ release was secured yesterday, at about 4p.m.
The statement said, “The nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Nigerian military under the leadership of the Chief of Defense Staff, (CDS), who conceived and guided the operation from start to finish. All sister security agencies and the Federal Ministry of Transportation contributed to this operation”.
The statement also said the unwavering support of President Muhammadu Buhari made this possible. “May God Almighty heal our wounds and bring peace to our land”, it added.
Recall that terrorists had on March 28 attacked the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train and took scores of passengers as hostages. The 23 hostages freed yesterday were the last to regain freedom.
Recall that the insurgents had on March 28 blown-up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack had attracted international and national outrage.
The terrorists had before now released hostages piecemeal, with the last release being on August 19, 2022.