Kaduna Train Attack: Agencies Frustrating Efforts To Secure Rail Tracks – Amaechi
The Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that some federal government agencies were frustrating his efforts to secure the rail tracks against vandalization and attacks with surveillance equipments and sensors.
He said this in a tweet on Tuesday after the attack by bandits on the train heading to Kaduna from Abuja, which had reportedly claimed eight lives, while many passengers were abducted.
The Chronicler Newspaper gathered that Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) was yet to make public the traveling manifest of the affected train to know the identities of the passengers.
The Minister, who was accompanied by the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemi Saraki and the Minister for Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari, visited the scene of the attack on Tuesday, calling on the concerned agencies to release funds for the surveillance equipments.
“I am devastated, heartbroken by what I saw on a visit to the site of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack in company of the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki and the Minister for Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi.
“My thoughts & prayers are with the victims of this dastardly attack & their families.
“Again, I call on all Agencies that need to give approvals for the surveillance equipment & sensors for effective monitoring of the rail tracks to do so quickly, to forestall attacks like this.“