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Abuja-Kaduna Train attack: Ex-SEC chief Oteh calls for urgent steps to ‘prevent such heinous crimes’

By Oludare Mayowa

A former Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Arunma Oteh has called for urgent steps by the government to prevent future occurrence of attacks on trains and improve security in the country.

Oteh, who took to her Twitter handle on Wednesday to express anger at the recent attack on the Kaduna bound train from Abuja by terrorists, noted that security of life and property is a basic right of the citizens.

She asked that urgent steps must be taken to prevent such heinous crimes, adding that “Security of life & property is a basic right.”

The ex-capital market regulator expressed her condolences to the families and loved ones of those affected by the attack on the train.

“Security of life & property is a basic right. I am deeply saddened by the recent tragedy on the Abuja-Kaduna train.

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“Urgent steps must be taken 2prevent such heinous crimes. May the souls of the victims rest in perfect peace. My sincere condolences to their families & loved ones,” Oteh wrote on her Twitter handle on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that Terrorists on Monday attacked the Kaduna bound train coming from the federal capital, Abuja, killing seven people, abducting scores while many people sustained injuries as a result of the attack.

The terrorists blew the rail tracks and exchanged fire with security officials aboard the train, the second such incident since October that highlights growing insecurity in Africa’s most populous nation.

Following the attack, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the immediate conclusion of all the processes for the implementation of the integrated security surveillance and monitoring solution for the Abuja to Kaduna railway line and that this be extended to cover the Lagos-Ibadan railway line.

He also directed the Nigerian Railway Corporation management to speedily repair the damaged lines and resume normal service without delay.

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