President Buhari directs urgent rescue of kidnapped passengers

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has called for increased efforts using kinetic and non-kinetic approach to rescue the kidnapped train passengers.

This is coming as government continues to work on how to secure the safe release of 51 others still held by the kidnappers.

The President’s Spokesman, Garba Shehu said “the kidnappers made a demand for the release of their own children and upon the settlement of that issue, they let go 11 of the victims, even though more were expected.

“The Government is not leaving any stone unturned in the efforts to bring all of the hostages back.”

He said the Defence, Security and Intelligence Agencies have promised to intensify operational engagements geared towards securing the rescue of all hostages and restoring peace to all parts of the country.

The Spokesman said; “Government is also mindful of efforts of some patriotic and influential persons as well as institutions that are helping in securing the safe release of the hostages.”

President Buhari welcomed the return of the recently released passengers who have been united to their families and loved ones.

He expressed his solemn commitment to the families of those still in captivity.

President Buhari vowed that the government would not relent until they are released and reunited with their families in the shortest time possible.

The President’s clear directive on the issue is that the hostages must be brought home alive.

The country’s military and security agencies are aware of their duty to the nation and are determined to give effect to the President’s charge with increased urgency.

 

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