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FG Announces Resumption Of Abuja-Kaduna Train Services

The Federal Government said the train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line are set to return this month, November.

This was disclosed today, Nov. 7, by the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo while giving the scorecard of his ministry in Abuja.

He said adequate security has been put in place to ensure the safety of passengers.

The Minister, however, did not give any specific date for the resumption.

Boko Haram terrorists who claimed responsibility for the attack in Kaduna had released the hostages in batches, with the last released on October 5, 2022.

The insurgents had blown up the rail track, bombed the moving train to demobilise it.

 Many passengers were killed at the scene of attack, while others numbering about 60 were abducted. The incident had attracted international and national outrage.

The federal government had assured that the Abuja-Kaduna rail line will not resume until all those kidnapped by bandits in March are rescued and reunited with their families.

A terrorist negotiator, Tukur Mamu, was on September 6, 2022, arrested in Cairo, Egypt while on his way to Saudi Arabia and returned to Nigeria the next day.

The Department of State Services (DSS) had alleged that Mamu, who negotiated between terrorists and families of kidnap victims, was part of an international terrorist network and used the cover of journalism to perpetrate his deeds.

Popular Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, to whom Mamu is an aide, had faulted the arrest of Mamu.

Sambo said the ministry has learnt enough lessons from the attack in March which claimed the lives of several passengers leading to the suspension of train service on the Abuja-Kaduna route.

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