By Nkasi Kolie

Following bandits attack on the Abuja/Kaduna rail track, soldiers have taken over patrol of the ever busy Abuja/Kaduna highways. The patrol, is to forestall kidnap of travellers and other motorists plying the route.

It was  gathered that the patrol consisting men of the Nigerian army, Navy and Air Force which started about a forthright ago is to ensure that travellers get to their destination without fear of being kidnapped or robbed by bandits and other criminal groups making the route unbearable for travellers.

It was gathered that the military personnel who usually carry out snap road blocks along the expressway have in the last few days arrested some hoodlums.

Before now, the Kaduna/Abuja road was a no go area for travellers owing to the activities of these  criminals who daily carry out attack on road users. A source who does not want to be mentioned in print, said that having succeeded in planting an Improvised Explosive Device(IED), that led to the destruction of a portion of the Abuja-Kaduna rail track, the bandits are now targeting military personnel who daily ply the route to Kaduna where most military institutions are located.

Aside the soldiers, men of the Nigerian Police Mobile Force also patrol the route.

When contacted, the director army public relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachuku, confirmed the patrols by soldiers and said it is aimed at curbing kidnapping, armed robbery attacks, bandits and other criminal groups operating on the road. He said the patrol has yielded positive results with the arrests of several criminals.

He also said that the incidences of kidnapping and attacks on road users have drastically reduced following the patrol by soldiers.

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