Just in: Remaining 23 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers released

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The remaining captives numbered 23 abducted by gun men onboard the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28 have been released.

A statement signed by Professor Usman Yusuf, the secretary of the seven-man Presidential Committee assembled by the Chief of Defense Staff, CDS General L E O Irabor, to secure release of the victims, said the victims were released at 4pm on Wednesday.

“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,” the statement added.