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FG Inaugurates Committee To Secure Train, Rail Infrastructure




The Federal Government has inaugurated a committee to provide adequate safety measures in securing train and other railway infrastructures, The PUNCH learnt.

The PUNCH reported that the terrorists attacked the AK-9 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28, 2022.

The terrorists had planted explosive devices along the rail track, which exploded, causing the train to derail and leading to the death of eight passengers.

Speaking in a telephone interview on Thursday with our correspondent, spokesperson Ministry of Transportation, Yakubu Mahmood, said a committee had been setup by the Federal Government under the chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Magdalene Ajani.

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He, however, said the committee was yet to submit its report.

“There is a committee set up by the Federal Government under the chairmanship of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, but it is yet to submit its report.”

PUNCH reported earlier that the Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, when asked whether there had been a reduction in vandalism of rail infrastructure, said: “I cannot confirm that now because it is one thing to hear about it and another thing for it to be happening and you are not hearing about it.

“This is because it can be happening and you won’t know about it immediately because what we’ve discovered is that most of the time before you discover, it might have happened about a month ago. But on the Zamfara axis, I think the police are doing very well. They have been arresting vandals massively. Those vandals are so daring, to the extent that we lost a technical officer recently to track vandalism. He was shot. He heard about the activities of vandals on a track and he went there without the police and he was shot. But after that, the police have really come up and have arrested about seven of the vandals,” Okhiria said.


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