The military has announced the release of all the 23 remaining passengers abducted from the Kaduna-Abuja train on March 28, 2022.
Prof. Usman Yusuf, Secretary, Chief of Defense Staff Action Committee (CDSAC), in a statement on Wednesday said their release was secured at 4:00pm, today, October 5.
“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.” The statement read.
It would be recalled that the bandits attacked the train on March 28, 2022, after bombing the rail tracks. They killed nine people in the attack, many were wounded and over 62 passengers were abducted and taken to their base.