President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the army and other security agencies to bring back alive the passengers abducted from the Abuja-Kaduna house.
A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, announced Buhari’s directive yesterday in a statement titled “President Buhari directs urgency in handling the case of kidnapped train passengers”.
The passengers were abducted when a train serving the Abuja-Kaduna route was attacked by bandits on March 28.
Providing an update on Tuesday, Shehu said the government has continued to review the issue of kidnapped train passengers and has made every effort to find and bring back the 51 or more people still detained.
Shehu said that with Buhari’s approval, the government continued the two-track approach, kinetic and non-kinetic, to ensure the safe release of passengers.
He said Buhari’s clear directive was that the hostages should be brought back alive, stressing that the country’s military and security agencies were aware of their duty to the nation and were determined to give effect to Buhari’s accusation with a increased urgency.
He said: “The kidnappers asked for the release of their own children and once that was sorted out they released eleven of the victims, although more were expected.
“Despite the setback, the government is making every effort to bring back all the hostages.
“Defence, security and intelligence agencies have given assurances to intensify operational commitments aimed at ensuring the rescue of all hostages and restoring peace in all regions of the country.”