Abuja -Kaduna Passenger Train Attack : Jamoh Commiserates With El-Rufai As NPF procures UAVs To Enhance Its Surveillance

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By Stephen Ubanna

 Bashir Jamoh, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, who has been under intense pressure from several quarters both  within and outside Kaduna state, to contest the 2023, governorship election  on the Platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has joined millions of Nigerians to Commiserate with Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor  on the Monday night, March 28, 2022, attacks  attacks  by Bandits on the scheduled Abuja-Kaduna Train service, leading to the death of eight passengers including Yusuf Idris,  a former Zamfara state, described as haven for the Bandits , former Deputy governor.

I a letter that was said to have been sent to the Kaduna state governor and signed by him, the NIMASA , Director General, had expressed ‘’shock over the incidents’’, while sending his condolences  to the families  of the deceased  and the entire people of the state.‘’Many Allah be with you at this trying time and crown your efforts to bring peace progress and prosperity to Kaduna state with immense success’’, he had remarked.

He has urged the people of the north western state ‘’to keep faith with both the stat state and the Federal governments in their quest to find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the state’’.  An aggrieved Jamoh had said that ‘’good shall always prevail evil’’, urging the people ‘’to be vigilant and give credible information on suspicious activities in and around the state   to the relevant security agencies to track the Bandits’.


The Bandits who have been terrorising Kaduna state for years, had trapped   the passenger train which was heading to the Kaduna before launching the attack which was said to have left eight Passengers dead. Anas IroDanusa, a passenger in the ill-fated train had said that the Bandits planted explosives ‘’to halt the train  and were trying to force their way on board but gunshots were being heard outside. The train was said to have stopped about 25Kmor 16 miles from Kaduna when the attack happened, an official of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, had said. 

  Fidet Okhiria, an Engineer and Managing Director, NRC, had said that the Abuja-Kaduna Passenger train had crried many Passengers, which the corporation Abuja station manifest had shown to beThere were said to be 900 on board the  train .

The attack on the Abuja-Kaduna Passenger train, may have informed why the Corporation had announced on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, that it was suspending operations on the route, described as one of the most popular, nationwide -until further notice.

Ali Ndume, a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria, had attributed the Bandits attacks on the Abuja-Kaduna train  to the President Muhammadu Buari led  APC  , government, over its Complacency  to the countryy’s security challenges.

He had said that thre is a ‘’bunch  and a lot  of kleptocracy in the system’’,  insisting that the government must do  something a bout it  Recall that Rotimi Amaechi,  former governor of Rivers state and minster of Tansportation had said that  the Bandits attack on the Abuja –Kaduna train could have been avoided  ‘’if digital  security equipment  had been procured. 

Amaechi, who could hide his feelings had said that members of the Federal Executive Council, FEC,   had rejected the purchase of a digital security  equipment at a contract of $3.7 billion meant for the Railway, which had put the country where it is today.   But Ndume  had said that the minister has no valuable reason to justify the Bandits attack s on the  Passenger train  as he  maintains that the  Corporation, at the instance of the minister, with Presidential approval,  can order or import the digital security items,  install the  immediately within three days instead of giving excuses which was a mark of failure.

Meanwhile,  Usman Alkali Baba, Inspector General of Police, OGP,  was said to have acquired  five additional high –powered  unmanned Aerial vehicles, UAVs, to improve surveillance  operations  to checkmate Criminal  activities in the country.

The IGP , had said that  the acquision of the UAVs,  is the manifestation  of the his determination  ‘’to integrate the use  of innovative technology  in the law enforcement  duties  of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, and ultimately enhance  the Force intelligence  gathering  and operational capabilities.

According to him,  ‘’the drones  will go a long way to assist the Police  in monitoring active crime scenes, coordinating response operations and providing aerial support to responding officers.  Informed sources told The Value News that the UAVs, include an ALTI Transition, capable of covering up to 50Km in a single flight with high endurance of up 14 hours. This is in addition to the EListair Orion fixed-wing aircraft, capable of covering 92 Km altitude with high endurance of up to 150 hours and other sensitive and forensic –based features.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, and police spokesperson had said in in a statement that that UAVs will be ‘’remotely operated by police pilots from the police airwing ho have undergone specialized training.

As a prelude to forestalling future attacks on Pager train, the IGP, was said to have directed the immediate abd strategic deployment of the drones to areas prone to high –security breaches for monitoring, and intelligence gathering to tackle the Bandits and other activities headlong.

In a related development, the Nigerian government stat appears to have bowed to pressure to engage locals in Communities where the Bandits operate along the rail.

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