…. debunks claims that Kaduna is inaccessible by road, air or train
By Chris Udochukwu
Kaduna – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman, on Saturday made operational visit to the Abuja-Kaduna road saying that the rumour making the rounds that Kaduna is inaccessible by road, air or train is a mere propaganda.
The IGP who made the clarification in Kaduna said the visit was to check the situation along the Abuja-Kaduna road.
Usman noted that they have already made arrangements to secure the road.
“My coming out today is to check the deployment we made to ensure the road is safe and also to check the deployment we have made at the scene of the train accident where repairs are taking place.
“We have also deployed our men to assist the engineers in taking care of the situation and I want to assure the public that the propaganda going round that Kaduna is inaccessible by road, air or train is not true.
“The road is safe for motorists and we will try our best to keep it safer.”
He added that the visit was also to ensure that officers and men deployed to keep security on the road are performing their duties diligently.
The IGP explained that they would work with available resources given to commands, however, he called for improvement.
“Government is giving us the resources and in turn we are deploying them to our commands.
Usman, responding to questions from journalists on the certainties that passengers would no longer patronize the train when restored, said “It is only a perception, the incident has happened and gone, that of course has informed us on measures to take in ensuring such a thing does not occur again”.
He called on the troops to be diligent and dedicated in discharging their national duties.
Precise Post recalls that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday in Abuja met President Muhammadu Buhari on security developments in his state following Monday night’s terror attack on an Abuja-Kaduna bound train.
El-Rufai, who was sober about recent happenings in the state, told journalists that the President had reassured him that drastic measures would be taken to check the activities of terrorists and bandits in Kaduna and beyond.
The governor revealed that the attack on the train was carried out by Boko Haram terrorists in collaboration with some bandits operating in Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto Niger, and Kebbi states.
He said security agencies have been making efforts to rescue victims of the attack from the hands of the kidnappers.