Abuja- Kaduna train attack: No dime paid for 23 passengers’ release – FG

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, on Friday in Abuja confirmed that the federal government secured the release of the last batch of hostages kidnapped by terrorists during the attack on Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022 without paying a dime.

The Minister who disclosed this at a press briefing organised to provide updates and meet with the victims at the Ministry, expressed joy that after six months in captivity the hostages were finally free at last.

He said nothing was paid to the bandits to release the kidnapped victims.

“Because this the government does not support and approve ransom payment, no Kobo was paid in exchange for the release of these 23 hostages and even for the release of the other hostages,” he said.

Sambo said a committee of retired Generals assisted in securing the release of the victims, adding that as soon as the release of the hostages was secured, they were taken to a Military hospital in Kaduna where adequate healthcare was provided for them.

“I want you to know that there is a committee made up of some retired generals and some retired public officers of high ranking status who assisted the military and the security agencies throughout the process of securing the release of these hostages.”

He said with the release of the victims Abuja-Kaduna rail services “will soon resume operations,” adding that the federal government “is currently putting more security measures in place to ensure safety of passengers and also ward off such ugly occurrence in future.”

He said members of the public would be informed in due time when the train services would resume, adding that in about three months, the government would have been able to fortify and certify the rails corridors and ensure safety of passengers.

On the rehabilitation of the released victims, the permanent secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, disclosed that rehabilitation was part of the process of securing the release of the patients.

“We know that this is a form of trauma. The plans of post traumatic treatment for the patients and their family members are already on, as lots of these 23 released are resident in Kaduna,” she said.