President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Insecurity: President Buhari directs urgency in kidnapped railway passengers’ case

NEWS DIGEST – President Muhammadu Buhari has directed increased kinetic and non-kinectic efforts to rescue kidnapped railway passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna railway attack.

Buhari said this in a statement issued today by the official spokesperson of the president, Garba Shehu.

“As the government continues to review the issue of the kidnapped railway passengers and making all efforts to trace and bring back the 51 or more still being held in custody, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed increased efforts – kinetic and non-kinetic to bring the case to a closure.

“Upon the President’s approval, the Government is continuing on the two-lane approach, kinetic and non-kinetic to secure the passengers’ safe release.”

Presidency assured Nigerians that the Buhari administration will end insecurity in the country.

“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.”

Buhari directed security agencies to bring the kidnapped victims alive. He, however, lauded the patriotic Nigerians that are contributing to the release of the kidnapped victims.

“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. Government is also mindful of efforts of some patriotic and influential persons and institutions that are helping in securing the safe release of the hostages.

“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,” the statement added