Banditry: IGP stations officers to protect train passengers

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As the Nigeria Rail Corporation is set to commence Kaduna-Abuja rail transportation on Monday, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba has ordered the immediate deployment of armed personnel along the Abuja-Kaduna route

Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Sunday, noted that security operatives would be deployed to guard against any breakdown of law and order

It can be recalled that bandits attacked the Kaduna-Abuja train in March 2022, killed several passengers and abducted scores of passengers.

Following this, rail transportation was suspended.

However, the Managing Director of NRC had said necessary arrangements had been put in place for rail service to resume on Monday.

However, the IGP noted that the Nigeria Police Force has been in regular talks with the Nigerian Railway Corporation and other security agencies in preparation for the commencement of operations.

He said the deployment covers major railway stations along the route and operational coaches to provide adequate security for passengers, their property and the entire service to prevent any unforeseen incidence.

The IGP, therefore, assured the general public, especially intending passengers, of adequate protection of lives and property, as all hands are on deck to fortify the railway services along the route and other rail lines across the country.