Passengers Ask NRC To Boost Security On Kaduna-Abuja Railway

Two Die As Train, Truck Collide In Fagba
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Passengers plying the Abuja-Kaduna train service have called on the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to boost the security on the railways and the roads leading to the Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna State.

The appeals have come in the wake of speculations of an alleged attack on some passengers along the road leading to the train station by suspected bandits.

While many consider railway transport faster and cheaper, it is increasingly becoming a dreaded option because of security threats.

The people have, therefore, called on the government to rise to the occasion and nip the situation in the bud.

Police Recover 413 Cattle From Rustlers Along Abuja – Kaduna Highway

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The Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) attached to Operation Absolute Sanity along the Abuja – Kaduna highway has clamped down on a notorious gang known for cattle rustling and kidnap in neighboring villages and towns.

The force in a statement by its Public Relations Officer CSP Jimoh O. Moshood said the team recovered 413 Cattle, 50 Sheep, two locally made AK47 rifles and one pump action gun on Monday.

According to the statement, the cattle rustlers had attempted to ambush the team but after a fierce gun battle that lasted several hours, they were able to gain control and two rustlers were said to have been killed in the process.

“The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) attached to operation absolute sanity on Abuja – Kaduna highway on the 27th November, 2017 at about 0200 hours working on an actionable intelligence provided by the intelligence branch attached to operation absolute sanity swooped on the camps and criminal hideouts of suspected Cattle rustlers at a location inside Kagarko forest, Kaduna State.

“The IRT team came under ambush of Cattle rustlers while in the process of carrying out the raid to arrest the suspects and recover the rustled Cattle. The team repelled the attack and engaged the cattle rustlers in fierce gun battle that lasted several hours in the forest. At the end, two cattle rustlers fell to the superior fire power of the Police Intelligence Response Team while others escaped into the forest with bullet injuries.”

The Force listed the number of the cattle and sheep that were recovered and subsequently returned to their owners after proper identification.

It also called on others who had lost their cattle to the gang and were yet to recover them, to check at the Operation Absolute Sanity base, while stating that it would intensify efforts to arrest the remaining suspects at large and bring them to justice.

Police Parade Fake Soldiers, Others Terrorising Abuja–Kaduna Highway

Nigeria Police Force has arrested some fake soldiers and notorious kidnap suspects terrorising travellers along the Abuja–Kaduna and Abuja–Minna highways.

The suspects were paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, on Tuesday at Dikko near Suleja in Niger State.

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Travellers Decry Increased Kidnapping Along Kaduna-Abuja Highway

Yobe-RoadRoad users along the Abuja-Kaduna express way have cried out to the government to intervene in what appears to be an increased rate of kidnapping in the axis.

Their complaint follows a recent kidnap of over 10 other persons by gunmen, barely two weeks after the release of a member of the House of Representatives from Kano State who was kidnapped along the same route.

Some of the victims told Channels TV that the kidnappers who disguised themselves in army uniforms on Wednesday, blocked the road and stopped the vehicles they were travelling in before whisking them away inside a bush at gun point.

One of the victims, Danjuma Seriki, narrating his plight said he had to pay a ransome to secure the release of his relation from the kidnappers on Wednesday.

He expressed regret that despite making a formal complaint to the Kaduna State Police Command about the incident, nothing was done to rescue the victims from their abductors.

Following the increase in the spate of attacks, the Inspector General of Police had earlier deployed Special Forces along the road to help curb the menace.

The Police is however, yet to be reached on this recent case.

Kaduna Govt. Bans FRSC Operations In State Capital

Southern Kaduna: El-Rufai Advocates More Funding For Security AgenciesThe Kaduna State Security Council has banned officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), from operating in the state capital and other urban centres in the state.

The security council also prohibited FRSC personnel from indiscriminately stopping vehicles for inspection in Kaduna town; a situation which has been responsible for avoidable traffic congestion and accidents.

A statement issued by Spokesman to the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, at the end the state security council meeting , advised FRSC personnel to concentrate their operations in ensuring safe travel on highways such as on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

The security council explained that the action became necessary after reviewing the trend and noting concerns expressed by citizens over the undue hardship and accidents people have been exposed to at FRSC checkpoints and from reckless tanker drivers.

Also according to the statement, the council took the decision following complaints about acts of disrespect to the public and alleged extortion from motorists.

On the other hand, the council has also demanded that the transporters should stop loading firewood, tomatoes and other goods on top of petrol tankers throughout the state.

They drew the attention of the public to the threats such practices pose to lives and property.

The Security Council, therefore, mandated security agencies to ensure compliance with those directives, as well as impound defaulting tankers.

Abducted Former Foreign Affairs Minister Regains Freedom

bagudu-hirseA former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse, kidnapped in Kaduna a northern Nigerian State has been rescued by security operatives.

Ambassador Hirse’s rescue is coming six days after he was abducted by persons suspected to be in ‘kidnapping business’. 

Spokesman of the Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Usman, confirmed his freedom on Saturday to Channels Television.

Mr Usman said the former Minister was rescued in Kaduna State capital on Saturday morning following a massive manhunt of his abductors by security operatives.

“The former Minister is hale and hearty at the point of his release and has been reunited with his family,” the police spokesman said.

He also stated that no ransom was paid to secure his release.

The former Minister was abducted last Sunday by gunmen when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mr Mamman Daura, at his Inuwa Road residence in Kaduna Metropolis.

According to reports, the former Minister  in company of a friend, had gone to pay condolence visit to the family of the late Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki on Kabiru Road, few meters away from Inuwa Wada road and were said to have stopped over at the house of Daura who was at home and was receiving guests and other family members.

While they alighted from his car and were exchanging pleasantries with some guests who were standing in front of the house, three men inside an ash coloured Toyota Corolla car stopped,  jumped down from the car and whisked the former Minister away almost immediately.

Cases of kidnapping of high profile individuals is becoming rampant in Kaduna state.

Only last month, a former Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurenttia Mallam and her husband were abducted by gunmen along Abuja-Kaduna highway, and were released few days after.

This is inspite of the inauguration of a special anti-kidnapping squad in the state by the Inspector General of Police two months ago

Six Medical Doctors Die In Road Accident In Kaduna

Road AccidentA road accident along Abuja-Kaduna expressway has claimed the lives of seven medical doctors traveling from Ekiti to Sokoto State.

The accident which claimed the life of the driver of the bus, also left seven others severely injured.

The Kaduna State Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Muhammed Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent in Kaduna on Monday, said that the accident occurred around Doka area along the expressway, when one of the tyres of the 18-seater bus they were traveling in busted.

The vehicle hit the side breakers and somersaulted several times before it stopped.

He disclosed that the doctors left Ekiti on Saturday to attend the Nigeria Medical Association delegates’ conference in Sokoto State before the incident occurred.

He attributed the death of the six medical doctors to lack of proper medical attention at Doka General Hospital where they were rushed to, stating that there was no single doctor and first aid facilities to attend to the victims.

He also disclosed that the seven surviving medical doctors were receiving treatment at Saint Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in the state capital.

The accident occurred very close to the spot where the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, his wife and son lost their lives in a similar road mishap.

Police Arrest 458 Crime Suspects In Kaduna

Kaduna-Police-CrimePolice have announced the arrest of a total of 458 crime suspects for alleged involvement in various offences in Kaduna State.

The Kaduna State Police Command also made public, the arrest of eight persons allegedly responsible for the kidnap of three clergymen along the Abuja-Kaduna highway last month.

While some of the suspects denied their involvement in the crime, others said they were merely arrested by Policemen for loitering at about 7:00PM.

Parading the suspects at the Police Officers Mess on Friday, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 7, Ballah Nasarawa, said that the suspects were arrested through intelligence gathering about various offences ranging from kidnapping, car snatching and armed robbery.

He disclosed that his men have also uncovered many hideouts being used by criminals to perpetrate their crime across the state.

The AIG equally disclosed that in an effort to sanitise the system, personnel who have served in the command for six years and above would be transferred to other commands and units to ensure effective policing.

He added that all the suspects were being interrogated and profiled, and would soon be charged.

The Police officer also assured the residents of Kaduna State that the command was working round the clock to ensure the safety of lives and property.