Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, has revealed that the federal government is working to resume travel activities on the Abuja-Kaduna train route which was attacked back in March by terrorists. The Minister disclosed this when he visited the Idu and Kubwa train stations in Abuja on Tuesday.
What the Minister said
The Minister, Mu’azu Sambo, speaking on when operations would resume on the Abuja-Kaduna train route, said that the federal government needed to reconcile the kidnapped victims back in March to their families. And also install security and infrastructure to protect and prevent all forms of threats that might come to passengers.
He assured the families of the kidnapped victims that the federal government is taking the necessary steps to rescue their loved ones. He said “the government is doing everything it can to make sure that those who have been affected by this unfortunate incident are reunited with their families.”
What you should know
- On the evening of March 28th, bandits attacked a passenger train carrying 362 people along the Abuja-Kaduna rail track in Northern Nigeria.
- Reports say that in this attack, bandits abducted 61 people while killing 8 passengers and injuring others. This attack also damaged the train and rail tracks of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.
- Several weeks later, the terrorists released 11 of the 61 passengers in their custody.
- Since that time, the federal government of Nigeria has improved the rail lines infrastructure, passed extra measures to avoid the repetition of such sad events and beefed-up security at the several train stations all over the country.