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Passengers shun IGP’s safety assurance on Abuja-Kaduna highway, invade rail

Contrary to Thursday’s assurance by the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, that the kidnappers-ridden Abuja-Kaduna highway is now safe, checks between afternoon and evening revealed otherwise as passengers overwhelm rail station for more assured travel.
Adamu had briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of security meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and service chiefs as well as heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, claiming that “Solution has been found for the notorious activities of kidnappers on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.”
Some passengers who spoke to Business Hilights Abuja Bureau chief Thursday evening chided IGP’s assurances, saying we have been hearing such assurances in the past and nothing remarkable happened after all.
According to the police boss, a good number of the kidnappers have been arrested with many of them injured in various encounters with security agents on special operations in the affected areas.
Adamu averred that “I want to assure Nigerians that Kaduna-Abuja road is now safe. We have cleared the road, we have arrested a lot of kidnappers and some of them were fatally injured during the confrontation we had with them.
“The road is now cleared for use by travellers and our patrol teams, comprising a combined security services are there constantly working for 24 hours each day.’’
Corroborating Adamu’s pronouncement, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin, who also spoke to the correspondents at the end of the meeting, said President Buhari had ordered the nation’s security agencies to immediately find a lasting solution to cases of banditry and security challenges confronting some parts of the country.
He added that “The marching order is for us to deal with these issues immediately and ruthlessly and also ensure that all those bandits are immediately dealt with and all issues that are affecting the security of the nation are properly addressed.”