President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to rescue 31 victims of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack still in custody of insurgents five months after they were abducted in April.
Making this vow while meeting with families of victims of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack on Thursday in Abuja, the president said that his government will rescue those still being held by bandits and return them to their families safely and unhurt.
“I have been informed that at last count, there remain about 31 people in the hands of the kidnappers,” Buhari said.
“My primary concern is to get everyone released safe and unhurt,” he added.
Vowing that efforts to neutralize bandits will not stop, Mr Buhari said that his administration will demonstrate that there’s no hiding place for bandits within the borders of the country.
“In the past couple of days, you must have heard about the number of terrorists neutralised by the military, and a number of hostages freed. These efforts will not stop, or reduce,” he said.
“We must take the fight to the terrorists and demonstrate that there is no hiding place for them within the borders of our country. Each one of them will be hunted, and pursued and spoken to in the language that they understand,” he added.
In northwest and central Nigeria, gangs of bandits are known to kidnap for ransom without regard to ideology or religion.
On March 28, armed men detonated a bomb on a train travelling between Abuja and Kaduna and opened fire, killing eight people, injuring 26, and kidnapping an unknown number of passengers.
While dozens of hostages have already been freed following negotiations, 31 others are still being kept hostage in the den of the bandits.