The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised alarm over the plan of terrorists to attack the Kaduna-Abuja train. In the letter signed by DSS Director of FCT Command, R.N. Adepemu, titled ‘Security Alert: Impending Threat By A Coalition Of Banditry Syndicate To Attack Abuja-Kaduna Train Service Along AKTS Corridor’, the secret police urged train passengers to be vigilant.
The secret memo stated that a coalition of bandit gangs was plotting to attack the Abuja-Kaduna train to kidnap passengers on board for ransom.
Part of the memo reads,
“Intelligence report indicates an impending threat to seamless train transportation along the Abuja – Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) The development is sequel to the plot by a coalition of banditry syndicates to attack Abuja Kaduna Train Service aimed at kidnapping passengers on board for ransom any moment from now.
“In view of the threat inherent and the need to forestall likely breaches of security along the AKTS, it is advised that existing security arrangements be scaled up within and along the route. In addition, the need for the under-listed counter-security measures to be emplaced to nip in the bud the impending threats. Air surveillance patrol; Surveillance on the rail track; Military checkpoint/patrol; Police checkpoint/patrol; Security raid operations be carried out around Byazhin, Jibi, as well as Lja forest.
Notably, it would be recalled that in February this year, the Defence Headquarters said troops of Operation Whirl Punch have apprehended one of the masterminds of the 28 March, 2022 terrorist attack on the Abuja-Kaduna Train service.
Also all kidnapped victims on-board the abuja-kaduna train attack, have all regained their freedom.
IMAGE: Daily Trust