The Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Jaji Sambo, says no ransom was paid for the release of the twenty-three hostages released by Boko Haram terrorist, who used the Abuja-Kaduna train service on the 28th of March and those earlier released by the Federal Government.
The Minister, Alhaji Jaji Sambo, stated this on Friday, while briefing newsmen on developments following their release in Abuja.
Alhaji 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.
The Minister of Transportation said the victims were not present at the briefing as earlier promised was because they were reunited with their families after a Presidential visitation yesterday in Kaduna.
He however said the ministry would receive them on a later date.
Alhaji Sambo, also intimated that train services along the Abuja-Kaduna route would commence soon, but with adequate security measures put in place.
He added that the victims were receiving adequate care and support.
Reporting by Fubara Pepple; editing by Julian Osamoto