- Contrary to the declaration of IG of Police, the Senate has said the Abuja-Kaduna highway is the most unsafe in Africa
- Some lawmakers called for more coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna railway line as a measure of securing lives
- The red chamber also said that the patronisation local manufacturers will help the federal government to meet the demand of more coaches provision
The Senate on Wednesday, May 8, agreed that the popular Abuja-Kaduna highway is the most dangerous in Africa because of the activities of kidnappers and bandits on the road.
The position of the Senate is different to the declaration by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, who said the road is safe and cleared of criminals, The Nation reports.
Senator Shehu Sani said the road is unsafe while contributing to the motion on the urgent need to increase coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna railway line.
Senator James Manager said the road is not only the most unsafe in the country but in the whole of the African continent, saying only a suicidal person would ply the road.
Sani, on giving solution on how the federal government could increase more coaches, asked that the federal government should patronize local manufacturers.
Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South) said the solution was not more coaches, but the service frequency on the Abuja-Kaduna rail should be increased.
Senator Gbenga Ashafa described the motion as a very important one, while Senator Magnus Abe said the upper chamber should consider that the rail lines were built with borrowed funds.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that some embittered youth on Sunday, April 21, took over the bye-pass corridor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe highway making it difficult for motorists as they protested against the increasing rate of kidnapping in Kaduna state.
But the Kaduna state police command said it had restored law and order on express way after irate youths blocked the byepass over an alleged overnight kidnapping in Kaduna.
It was also gathered that suspected gunmen stormed Rariya community near Kabala around 1am and allegedly kidnapped some people, leading to protests over the incident.
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