Armed bandits are plotting to derail railway infrastructure nationwide, staring from the Kaduna-Abuja bound train, the Police have said.
According to a Police Wireless Message signed by the Assistant Inspector General Of Police, Abuja, and obtained by SaharaReporters, "armed bandits operating within Kaduna State and its environs have planned to derail the Kaduna-Abuja-bound train and other destinations nationwide soonest".
The document states that the attack is in the aim to "sabotage the efforts of the Federal Government".
The message detailing the planned attack revealed that the bandits plan to "attack commuters, loot therein, dissuade commuters from using the train transport system and revert to the road transport system, especially on highways transversing Kaduna, Kano and Yobe states, including Abuja".
As a follow-up to the investigation, the Police is organising efforts to "collaborate with local communities along railway lines to gather more intelligence, identify camps used by the bandits and deploy operatives to regularly monitor all activities around serviceable rail-lines".
The Police is also expected to carry out "intelligence-led raid on suspected criminal hideouts in susceptible camps to mitigate the looming threat amd liaise with relevant authorities to put in place close-circuit cameras, [which will be] installed on the rail tracks".