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Kaduna Train Attack: Rain Down Fire On Terrorist Enclaves, Senate Urges NAF, Army


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The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday bemoaned the spate of attacks on communities and public facilities in parts of the country with attendant loss of lives and destruction of properties by terrorists and bandits.

The Senate therefore called on the Army and Air Force “as a matter of urgency,” to go after terrorists and rain down fire from the sky on their enclaves across the country in order to restore peace and stability in the nation.

The call followed the Monday night attack on  Kaduna-Abuja bound train.

Over a dozen of the victims of the attacks have been admitted at 44 Army Reference Hospital.

According to sources, the names of the victims already hospitalised at the 44 Army Reference Hospital include; Haruna Muhammed, Mohammed Modibo, Ibrahim Wakala; Abdulahi Yahaya, Ismail Saidu, Abdumalik Rasheedat, Musa Ishawan.

Others, it was gathered further, are Hadiza Umar, Aisha Yusuf, Mohammed Ameen, Abubakar Hauwau, Aliyu Sulaiman, Olaosebikan Bilikisu,Yakubu Nuhu, Mrs Leola Abdulbasit and Umar Mohammed.

A former Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Ibrahim Wakkala, was said to be among the travellers attacked on the Abuja-Kaduna train by terrorists.

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Also, a medical doctor identified as Megafu Chinelo, is said to have died hours after she made a post on Twitter to notify her followers that she had been shot on the Kaduna-bound train.

“I’m in the train, I have been shot. Please pray for me,” Dr Chinelo had tweeted, shortly after the train from Abuja to Kaduna was attacked by terrorists.

She was said to be on the staff list of St. Gerald's hospital, Kaduna.

The duo of Musa-Lawal Ozigi, secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Akin Akinsola, Kwara state chairman of TUC, were equally said to have been killed during the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that eight bodies had been recovered, while 26 others were confirmed injured and currently receiving medical attention.

In a statement, Aruwan said some others were still unaccounted for as search operations continue.

the statement read: “The Kaduna State Government has received from the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), the detailed passenger manifest for the Abuja-Kaduna train service AK9, which was attacked by terrorists on Monday.

“The documents received showed 398 passengers bought tickets for the trip, but 362 were validated as having boarded the train through the recognized turnstile.

“The passenger manifest does not include NRC staff and security officials who were on board.

“Furthermore, security agencies have reported that eight bodies were recovered and 26 persons were injured during the attack.

“Investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the status of the passengers who were on board the train and remain unaccounted for at the time of this update. Search operations are also being sustained.

“Citizens are requested to contact the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency on the phone line 09088923398, to make enquiries or provide information regarding passengers who were on board the Abuja-Kaduna train AK9.

“Further updates will be communicated to the public.”

However, the Senate reolution is contained in a press release by the Special Assistant (Press) to the Senate President, Dr Ezrel Tabiowo.

The call came amid resolutions reached “following a point of order raised on ‘the continuing attacks on communities and public facilities in Kaduna State."

The Senate, after the resolutions observed a minute silence to mourn the deceased in the Monday attacks and condoled the families of the victims of the attacks, the government and people of Kaduna State.

Raising the point of order, Senator Uba Sani (Kaduna Central) expressed worries that terrorists have stepped up attacks on communities and public facilities in Kaduna State in recent times.

The statement quoted Sani as saying, “the latest attacks by these murderous elements took place in some communities in the Giwa Local Government Area, namely Angwan Sarki Yahya, Tashar Shari, Bare-Bari, Tsaunin Natal, Dillalai, Durumi and Jatin Kanwa, all on Yakawada Ward.

“Other places affected include Kaya community, Mai kyauro and Fatika. They killed 50 persons and kidnapped over 100 people. They also made strategic roads in the Giwa Local Government Area no-go areas.

“Not done with their devilish acts, they made an attempt to penetrate the Kaduna International Airport.

“Although the attack was foiled by vigilant security operatives, one person lost his life. When people were trying to come to grips with a week-long wanton destruction of lives and property, the terrorists struck again.”

“The train derailed after the first wave of attacks. Grenades and RPG were used. They rained bullets on all the coaches. Some passengers were killed, while many sustained bullet wounds.

“There are reports that some of the passengers were abducted. The terrified passengers only breathed a sigh of relief when security agencies arrived and secured the train and the area. It’s been a reign of undiluted terror”, the Senator said.

 The Daily Crucible reports that terrorists bombed the Abuja-Kaduna rail tracks and attacked a train conveying over 970 people on Monday night.

The statement also quoted Sani as saying that, “these latest attacks are aimed at instilling fear in the people and destroying the economies of our local communities.

“It is disheartening that these enemies of the people are getting emboldened by the day. They are becoming more brazen. These blood cuddling vampires have no regard for human life. They have no place in a civilised society.”

According to the statement, Sani expressed concern that the unrelenting attacks calls to question the strategies and tactics being adopted by our security forces.

“We expected that with the declaration of bandits as terrorists by a court of competent jurisdiction, they will be degraded in no time.

“This appears not to be happening. The security forces must reassess their strategies and come up with workable and effective solutions to the menace of terrorists in Kaduna State,” Sani added.

Observing that the hideouts of the terrorists are not impregnable, Sani said, “a comprehensive operational plan, executed with high sense of professionalism and responsibility, total commitment on the part of our security forces and the support and cooperation of the local communities will rid Kaduna State forests of these murderous elements.”

According to the statement, the Senator explained that the advocacy for creation of State Police would bring law enforcement closer to the people.

“Effective gathering of intelligence and sustained security operations at the local level will make life uncomfortable for terrorists.

“They will have no operational base.”

“(I) once again draw the attention of the Federal Government, particularly security agencies comprising the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army and other relevant security agencies to the grave security situation in Kaduna State and other states of the federation.”

In his contribution to the point of order, Senator Gabriel Suswam lamented that Kaduna had become the new theatre of insecurity.

He said called on the appropriate authorities to take decisive action on the lingering activities of terrorists in the state.

Suswam attributed the inability of the military to curtail growing incidents of terrorism to “a clear failure of leadership.”

The press statement read in part, “The Senate, accordingly, in its resolutions, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to declare full scale war against terrorists, so as to fully secure all our national territory from them in whatever guise.

“It urged the Army and the Air Force to carry out sustained bombardment of terrorist enclaves with a view to flushing them out and restoring peace and stability to our communities.

“The Senate further directed security agencies to always take steps to prevent the occurrence of similar incidence in the future.

“It added that the Military should, as a matter of urgency, monitor the construction and inhabitants of new shanty buildings around the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.

“The chamber urged the relevant agencies of government to step up their information gathering mechanism to, forestall these incessant attacks.”


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