Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
Following the release of a 27-year old American, Philip Walton, by the United States military forces, United States President Donald Trump, has sent a strong warning to terrorists and criminal thugs around the world.
Walton who was held hostage in northern Nigeria, according to Trump, in a statement by the Office of the Press Secretary, White House, was released 96 hours after by United States military forces.
Trump said: “Securing the freedom of Americans held in captivity abroad has been a top national security priority of my administration. Since the beginning of my administration, we have rescued over 55 hostages and detainees in more than 24 countries. Today’s operation should serve as a stark warning to terrorists and criminal thugs who mistakenly believe they can kidnap Americans with impunity.”
In the statement, the United States President disclosed that the military onslaught took place, following his directive.
Trump further said none of the military forces involved in the rescue mission was harmed in anyway.
“Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. United States Special Forces executed a daring nighttime operation to rescue their fellow American with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery. No United States Service Members were harmed. The former hostage is currently in good health and has been reunited with his family,” Trump said.