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Buhari orders urgent action to rescue kidnapped railway passengers

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has again directed that the remaining kidnapped railway passengers must be brought home alive.

The President gave the directive in a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Shehu said the president directed increased efforts – kinetic and non-kinetic to bring the case to a closure.

He said the defence, security and intelligence agencies have given assurances to intensify operational engagements geared towards securing the rescue of all hostages and restoring peace to all parts of the country.

He said, “The kidnappers made a demand for the release of their own children and upon the settlement of that issue, they let go eleven of the victims, even though more were expected.

“The setback notwithstanding, the Government is not leaving any stone unturned in the efforts to bring all of the hostages back,’’ he said.

According to the presidential spokesman, the government has also been mindful of the efforts of some patriotic and influential persons and institutions that are helping in securing the safe release of the hostages.

He said, “Buhari welcomes the return of the recently released passengers back to their families and loved ones while expressing his solemn commitment to the families of those still in captivity, assuring that there will be no let-up until they are reunited with their families in the shortest time possible.

“The President’s clear directive on the issue was 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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