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No kobo paid for release of 23 Abuja-Kaduna train hostages: FG

The Minister of Transportation, Mua’zu Sambo said that the Federal Government did not pay any ransom in securing the release of the kidnapped victims of March 28 Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

Addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja, Sambo said that “no kobo was paid in exchange for the release of the last 23 hostages and other ones as well.”

He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration had zero tolerance for ransom payment.

He said, “In matters that involve national security and intelligence, it is not appropriate to review exactly what measures has been taken in order to secure release of hostages of this nature.

“It is the position of this government that under no circumstances should there be collateral damage.”

According to him, the military and security agencies that have been charged with the responsibility of securing the release of these hostages should not act in a way that will endanger the lives of these hostages.

“Secondly, there is a committee made up of some retired generals and some retired public officers of high ranking and status who assisted the military and security agencies throughout the process of securing the release of this hostages.

“I want to state categorically, that because this government does not support and approve of ransom payment, no kobo was paid in exchange for the release of this 23 hostages, indeed for the other ones as well,” he said.

He, however, noted that after the meeting of the hostages with president Buhari on Thursday, they were united with their families.

Sambo said, “It became obviously difficult to get them back together and bring them here. They actually have a plan of coming to thank the government through the ministry and hopefully they will give us a date next week.”

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