Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
Following incessant kidnappings on the Abuja-Kaduna highway, travellers have abandoned the highway in preference for rail transport.
The number of travellers on the ever busy route has declined significantly with most of the northern-bound travellers showing up at the Abuja train stations at Idu and Kubwa to scramble for tickets.
THISDAY checks showed that in spite of the joint security task force tagged: ‘Operation Puff Adder’ launched by the federal government at the weekend to address the menace of kidnappings and banditry in the North-west, travellers have lost confidence in the government ability to ensure adequate security on the road.
Most of the travellers, it was gathered, are northern-bound passengers headed for Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.
A passenger, Luka Nquat, who spoke on the development, said commuters had no other option than to travel by train.
According to him, “We have no other option than to go by train. Government has taken many security measures, but has it stopped kidnapping on the road? In my area so many people have been affected by this scourge. Train is safer for now until the government demonstrates ability to provide security on that road.”