Abuja-Kaduna train service remains suspended until all abducted passengers are freed, says Minister

Mu'azu Jaji Sambo
Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo

The Federal Government has disclosed that the Abuja-Kaduna train service will not resume until all the passengers who were abducted by bandits following an attack on the train about four months ago have been rescued and reunited with their families.

Speaking on Tuesday while inspecting the railway facility at Idu, Abuja, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, said it is very important to get those Nigerians that have been kidnapped reunited with their families before the train service will resume.

He said, “I think it is important to do that first and foremost. Secondly, we must put in place adequate security and infrastructural measures to protect and prevent all forms of threats that are possible and leave what we cannot do to God but everything humanly possible must be put in place to ensure that the reoccurrence of this nature is automatically eliminated forever. 

“Technology can make that possible and we are trying to deploy the best technology available anywhere in the world that has served very well in other jurisdictions which we believe can also serve us very well in Nigeria.

“We are in the process of procuring the sensors and that is why I said we must ensure that we put in place every infrastructure that will ensure that lives are safeguarded.

“So, the technology that is going to be deployed is such that you can perceive a threat and eliminate it before you get to the location; that is being proactive.”

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