The remaining twenty-three abducted Abuja-Kaduna train passengers have regained their freedom on Wednesday, 5th October, 2022, after spending 190 days in captivity.

This was made known by the Secretary of the Chief of Defense Staff Action seven- man presidential Committee, Usman Yusuf, in a statement which he has issued on Wednesday.

In his statement he disclosed that the committee secured and took custody of all the 23 remaining passengers that were held hostage by the terrorist, stating that the nation owes a debt of gratitude to the Nigerian Military under the leadership of the chief of defense staff, Leo Irabor, who guided and conceived the operation from the start.

Not forgetting to mention the other sister security agencies and the Federal Ministry of Transport who also contributed immensely towards the operation.

Usman also thanked the President and commander in chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhamadu Buhari, for his selfless support towards the success of the operation.

A total of 60 passengers were kidnapped on the March 28, 2022, when terrorists in large numbers with sophisticated weapons attacked the Kaduna bound Abuja train after bombing the train track to derail the train leading to the killing of about  nine passengers and abduction of the 60 passengers .

The abducted passengers were held hostage by the terrorists, while some of which were said to have been released upon paying the ransom of N100 million each, others were said to have regained their freedom on compassionate ground following the intervention of Sheikh Ahmed Mahmud Gumi. 

Story: Hilda Katu