Crime & SecurityNewsKaduna-Abuja Highway Free Of Bandits, Safe For Motorists – CP

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Yekini Ayoku, has assured all road users plying the Kaduna-Abuja highway that the road is safe for traveling and free from bandits.

The Kaduna-Abuja expressway recently became a hotbed for kidnap-for-ransom by gunmen, known as bandits.

Hundreds of travelers have been kidnapped on the 200-kilometre road to the country’s capital.

After the security threat on the road became intractable, many travellers switched to using the train service from Abuja to Kaduna.

However, on March 22, gunmen attacked a Kaduna-bound train killing at least nine persons and abducting several others. Several passengers were also injured during the attack.

Following the attack, the government suspended the operation of the train service and commuters who had earlier avoided using the danger-prone road started using the road again.

Since the attack on the train, the police have increased patrol and checkpoints on the highway.

Assuring Nigerians of their safety on the much-dreaded highway, the Kaduna State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, reported on Monday that Commissioner of Police, Yekini Ayoku, declared the highway bandit free when he embarked on an official confidence-building and assessment tour of the highway.

He added, “Mr. Ayoku interacted with the security personnel at various points on the highway where he commended them for their service to the country, assuring them that the command and the Nigerian Police Force would always look into their welfare.

“Mr. Ayoku, however, advised the general public and commuters on the highway to always be prompt in reporting unusual incidents or suspected persons for immediate action.”

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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