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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba has directed the deployment of armed operatives to secure the Abuja-Kaduna train services.
This was contained in a statement issued by the force spokesperson, Oluwuyiwa Adejobi, on Sunday.
Adejobi said the personnel would be drawn from the police mobile force, K-9force intelligence bureau, explosive ordinance unit, and railway police command.
The Abuja-Kaduna train service is scheduled to resume on Monday, December 5.
The statement added that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has kept regular contact with the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, and other security agencies in preparation for the commencement of operations.
The statement read, “The deployment covers major railway stations along the route and operational coaches to provide adequate security for passengers, their property and the entire service in order to prevent any unforeseen incidence.”
Adejobi conveyed the assurance of the IGP to the general public, especially would-be passengers, of adequate protection of lives and property.
He said that all efforts to fortify the railway services along the route and other rail lines across Nigeria have been concluded.
The latest schedule follows an earlier resumption plan last month which the government could not meet up to. Consequently, another timeline for resumption was released.
Recall that operations along the Abuja-Kaduna rail was suspended after suspected terrorists attacked a train. The gunmen killed and kidnapped some passengers during the attack.