Bandits on Wednesday upped the ante as they attacked the popular Abuja- Kaduna Rail line, blowing up the rail and leaving Commuters at the mercy of a waiting accident.
Already, the nation’s number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari, in deep appreciation of what a national disaster it could have been if a fully loaded passengers train had derailed, today summoned an emergency security meeting, understandably, to re-appraise or overhaul the security apparatus.
An informed source told the Maritime First that the Bandits actually planted an explosive that blew off a portion of the rail track, as well as shattered the windshield of the train engine.
“They were waiting for the train to derail; and when that happened, they opened fire, targeting both the driver and the tank”, our source disclosed, highlighting that it was after a train had passed Dutse and was heading to Rijana Stations.
Incidentally, it was further learned that while the driver had thought his escape meant everything was over, the early Thursday morning Kaduna- Abuja trip almost resulted in a terrible accident, upon reaching and running over, some explosive-damaged railings.
“The train nearly skid off its path; only God can explain how we miraculously escaped!”, one of the lucky passengers, a high net worth individual, who spoke on Conditions of anonymity, told the Maritime First.
He strongly advised that all Kaduna Abuja train operations should be suspended immediately until the issue is truly addressed.
“It is sad. It is very sad. And you need to see the calibre of the early morning passengers!”, he stated further, noting that yesterday night incident occurred between 7-8 pm.
In the meantime, words are yet to officially filter out from the emergency Security meeting ongoing in Abuja, following the rail attack.
Our informed sources however affirmed that the President has begun a brainstorming session with Security and Intelligence chiefs in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting, it was further learned, had in attendance, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd).
Others were the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao; Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.