Following the Abuja-Kaduna train attack on Monday evening that claimed lives, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that he warned about possible attacks on the rail line that could lead to loss of lives and property before the terrible incident occurred on Monday.
Disclosing this on Tuesday after visiting the scene of the incident, he stated, “We knew what the problem would be. We knew we needed to have digital security equipment. We applied for it. Because if we had that equipment, you will see nobody on that track. And I warned that lives will be lost. Now, lives are lost. Eight persons dead, 25 persons in the hospital.”
He added, “We’ve lost tracks, we’ve lost locomotives and coaches. We’ve lost human beings. And the equipment is just N3 billion.”
He disclosed, “To fix all the things on that track now, will cost us more than N3 billion. And now even the things we said give us approval to buy – at the time we asked for it, dollar was N400, now it is N500. When you come with sincerity to government and your colleagues and people are stopping you, it is annoying.”