By Joy Odor
Mua’zu Jaji Sambo, the Minister of Transportation on Friday disclosed that diplomacy was was involved in the release of the remaining 23 victims of the Kaduna train attack and no ransom was paid.
The Minister disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abuja on the developments following their release in Abuja.
He said with their release, it would remain memorable in the annals of the country, noting that every person who contributed in any way to the release of the victims has every reason to be happy for contributing to the Nation’s glory.
According to him, the victims are receiving treatment and rehabilitation at the Army Reference Hospital Kaduna.
Sambo said details concerning what led to their release cannot be made public because it was strictly a security matter and collateral damage for now and the future must be avoided.
Minister explained that with the entire victims now released, the ministry would begin the process of reopening the Abuja-Kaduna train service.
He said that before the train service will resume, appropriate security measures will be out in place for the security of train service users and pledged government support to enable the victims heal.
Recall that on March 28, 2022, terrorists planted explosive devices on the rail track, forcing the train headed for Kaduna to derail.
At least nine persons lost their lives while releases were secured at various intervals till 5th October, 2022, when the last batch of 23 victims were released