President Muhammadu Buhari has said military force is not an option in the rescue of the remaining 31 victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train abduction.

On March 28, armed men blew up a train travelling between Abuja and Kaduna and opened fire, killing eight people, wounding 26, and taking an unspecified number of passengers hostage.

Dozens of hostages have already been freed following negotiations, but 31 remain in captivity.

Meeting with representatives of victims of the Kaduna train abduction on Thursday, President Buhari assured them that the Federal Government is doing everything within its powers to ensure their safe return.

‘‘I have been informed that at last count, there remain about 31 people in the hands of the kidnappers, and our determination is to work towards returning these 31 people to their families,” the President said.

‘‘It is understandable that emotions typically run high, we have received several suggestions about the deployment of lethal military force in extracting those still being held in captivity.

‘‘This option has indeed been considered and evaluated.

‘‘However the condition to guarantee a successful outcome and minimize potential collateral damage could not be assured and therefore that course of action had to be reluctantly discarded.

Channels/ Kristidetan Taiwo

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