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Train Riders From Abuja To Kaduna Must Possess NIN – FG

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The Federal Government has stated that Abuja-Kaduna train passengers must register their phone numbers and National Identification Number (NIN) at the ticket purchase point prior to the planned resumption of services.
According to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), the government will install identity verification devices at each train station along the route to ensure that passengers’ identities are legitimate.
Additionally, the NRC cautioned that any Nigerian could face criminal prosecution if they used their NIN to purchase tickets for unknown individuals.
On November 7, 2022, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, stated that adequate security measures had been taken to ensure the safety of passengers and that train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line would resume in November.
The minister said that the government has learned enough from the attack in March that caused train service on the Abuja-Kaduna route to be suspended, but he did not specify when that service would resume.
After Boko Haram terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022, the NRC had stopped running trains along the route.
The insurgents had destroyed the rail track and bombed the moving train, resulting in the deaths of some passengers and the abduction of over 60 others.National and international outrage had been generated by the unprecedented attack.
The terrorists who attacked the train in Kaduna gradually released the hostages, the last one being released on October 5, 2022.
Family members had staged numerous protests to demand their loved ones’ release.
Sambo had stated that the Abuja-Kaduna rail line would not resume until all of the people who were kidnapped by criminals in March are found, reunited, and freed.
On September 6, 2022, a terrorist negotiator named Tukur Mamu was detained in Cairo, Egypt, while traveling to Saudi Arabia. The following day, he returned to Nigeria.
Mamu, according to the Department of State Services (DSS), was part of an international terrorist network and carried out his deeds under the guise of journalism, negotiating with terrorists and the families of kidnapped victims.
Mamu’s arrest had been criticized by Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a well-known Islamic cleric from Kaduna who is an aide to Mamu.
Instead of keeping Mamu in custody, Gumi had asked the security company to take him to court if it had any evidence against him.
However, in its response, the DSS stated that it would not be influenced by some erroneous media narratives and requested to be left alone to concentrate on the ongoing investigations, whose results, it claimed, have remained “mindboggling.”

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