Prominent Nigerians, including senators, serving senior military officers and other politicians have been forced to take trains to Kaduna for fear of being abducted by the notorious kidnappers operating along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.
Findings by SUNDAY PUNCH indicated that dignitaries, who hitherto snubbed the train service, had now resorted to patronising it following the rising cases of kidnapping on the Kaduna route.
The spate of insecurity on the road prompted the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to inaugurate ‘Operation Puff Adder’ on Friday to address the challenge which was becoming embarrassing to the government.
PUNCH correspondent who was at the Kubwa train terminal on Saturday observed a huge number of travellers jostling for tickets sold at N1,300 after queueing for about two hours.
However, they were able to obtain the tickets that would enable them to stand for the two hours trip as all the seats had been filled up. The trains run four round trips daily, it was learnt.
It was gathered that the four coaches had the capacity to sit 88 passengers and an unlimited number of people that were willing to stand in the aisle.
A private security guard at the station, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said many influential Nigerians, including senior police and military officers, had been patronising the trains since security deteriorated on the Kaduna highway.