Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, says the media report that hundreds of Abuja-Kaduna train passengers, including himself escaped attack by kidnappers on Sunday evening, was “completely concocted”.
Amaechi who described the report of the alleged attack as “fake news”, posted his reaction on his verified twitter handle accounts.
A report in DAILY NIGERIAN portal, quoted unnamed sources as disclosing that the kidnappers laid in ambush around Mando area and attempted to waylay the passengers, who arrived at Rigasa train station around 8:15pm.
“Sources said no sooner the kidnappers opened fire on the vehicles than mobile policemen and soldiers arrived the scene in armoured vehicles to disperse the hoodlums,” the report said.
It quoted a passenger, Musa Lawan, as saying: “We were lucky the police and soldiers are nearby to come our rescue. The minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi was among the passengers. His convoy had to make a detour onto Rigasa road.”
The report said that when contacted, spokesman for Kaduna Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, said he would make findings and revert. He was however, yet to do so as at the time of this publication.