AFTERMATH OF KIDNAPPINGS ON KADUNA ROAD: EL RUFAI ARRANGES SHUTTLE FLIGHTS TO LAGOS AND ABUJA FROM HIS STATE

By Tonnie Iredia Arrangements have been completed by the Kaduna State Government for the operation of a shuttle flight system between Kaduna and Abuja as well as between Kaduna and Lagos. This followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the state government and a business enterprise, Quorum Aviation Ltd, QAL, for the implementation of the policy. The company plans to deploy two 50-seater business jets to run at least five shuttle flights daily under the trade name BOKU AIR.  At the signing of the MOU, Governor Nasir El-Rufai…

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EL RUFAI GOVT ABOLISHES CHECKPOINT ALONG KADUNA ROADS

The Kaduna State Security Council on Wednesday issued an advisory, notifying citizens that there are no authorised checkpoints along the Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Zaria and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highways. It therefore urged Nigerians to note that effective immediately, that there is no authorized checkpoint on any of the routes (to and fro) until further notice. It warned that any person or group of persons observed to be manning checkpoints along the mentioned routes at any time, must be considered as carrying out illegal operations, and must be treated as such. It advised road users…

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PASSENGERS ENRAGED AS ABUJA-KADUNA TRAIN IS DELAYED FOR HOURS BECAUSE OF AMAECHI, SUNDAY DARE

Passengers enraged as Abuja-Kaduna suffers 2-hour delay to carry Nigerian ministers by SHITTU SHOLA The Abuja-Kaduna train service taking off from Idu Station, Abuja at 6pm on Friday suffered unusual delay of about hours in order to carry two Nigerian ministers. DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the train was delayed on the instruction of Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, who planned to travel to Kaduna alongside his Ministry of Youth and Sports counterpart, Sunday Dare. Credible sources said Mr Amaechi, who planned to board the train from Kubwa Station, about 20…

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POLICE RESCUE ABU STUDENTS KIDNAPPED ALONG ABUJA-KADUNA ROAD

 Wale Odunsi The Kaduna State Police Command says its operatives have rescued three students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, abducted on Monday along Abuja-Kaduna highway. The Command’s Public Relations Officers, DSP Yakubu Sabo, however, said in a press statement issued on Wednesday in Kaduna, that three other persons were still being held by the kidnappers. “The Command wishes to state that, on the said date, August 26, at about 18:50hrs, Armed Men in Military Uniform intercepted some commuters near Masari Village along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, opened fire on the vehicles, in…

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FORMER GOMBE GOVERNOR, DANKWAMBO ESCAPE KIDNAP ALONG ABUJA-KADUNA ROAD

Former Gombe State governor Ibrahim Dankwambo Tuesday evening narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed bandits along Abuja-Kaduna Highway in Kaduna State. The narrow escape, according to an aide to the former governor, occurred on Tuesday evening when his convoy was on their way to Abuja. It was also supported by a video clip. “On our way to Abuja with my Boss, His E Excellency, Dankwambo. kidnappers blocked the Abuja Kaduna road at 4.35pm today Tuesday but our policemen chased them away and we found out that they went away with…

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BANDITS KILL 3, KIDNAP DOZENS ALONG ABUJA-KADUNA ROAD

Armed bandits have killed three persons and kidnapped dozens of people along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway in Kaduna. A commercial driver plying the expressway, who escaped the attack Jibrin Adamu, told Daily Trust that the gunmen blockaded a spot around Olam farm Monday 5:30 PM where they killed three persons and kidnapped dozens others, saying, “The gunmen blocked the expressway and opened fire to vehicles passing by. They kidnapped dozens of people during the operations and took them into the bush.” “I saw three death bodies littered on the road and…

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3 ABU LAW STUDENTS KIDNAPPED ALONG ABUJA-KADUNA ROAD, SEE THEIR PICS

Three students of the faculty of law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria have been kidnapped on Abuja-Kaduna expressway. The students are said to be in their final year at the university. Abuja-Kaduna road is notorious for being a flash-point of kidnappings. In April, Mahmood Abubakar, chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and his daughter were kidnapped on the road. The latest incident is coming a few weeks after 510 police officers were deployed in the area. https://all-gists.blogspot.com/2019/08/three-abu-law-students-kidnapped-on-abuja-kaduna-road-photo.html Re: Three

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WHO IS IN CHARGE OF NIGERIA BY JEMILA ABUBAKAR

I had the great misfortune of being one of thousands trapped on the Abuja-Kaduna highway last week Friday, 9th August for many, many hours. Our family’s version of the ordeal lasted for thirteen hours, from 2pm when we left Abuja until 3am when we crawled into Kaduna. Many others who had left either Kaduna or Abuja earlier were worse off because they lasted longer in the frustrations and chaos many said they had never seen the type of. Many vehicles broke down on possibly the worst highway to break down in…

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KADUNA ABUJA ROAD GRIDLOCK: THOUSANDS SLEEP ON THE ROAD

Mohammed Lere Abuja-Kaduna gridlock as tanker drivers blocked the highway. [PHOTO CREDIT: Mohammed Lere] Despite the reopening of the Kaduna-Abuja road, as announced by the Kaduna State Government, thousands of road users passed the night on the road as the gridlock persisted. The Kaduna-Abuja road was blocked by angry tanker drivers in the early hours of Friday. The drivers insisted that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna meet with them before they remove their vehicles. The drivers’ protest followed the killing of one of them by a police officer allegedly for refusing to pay…

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EL RUFAI ORDERS ARREST OF PROTESTING DRIVERS WHO BLOCKED ABUJA KADUNA ROAD OVER KILLING OF THEIR COLLEAGUE BY POLICEMEN

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has called for the arrest and prosecution of drivers, who protested the killing of their colleague by a policeman over his refusal to pay bribe. The drivers protest had caused a total standstill on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway on Friday. Policemen on duty along the Abuja-Kaduna highway allegedly killed a commercial driver after he refused to give them N2,000 bribe. Reacting to the incident in a post on his official Twitter handle @elrufai, the governor said, “It is most unfortunate. “The drivers will all be arrested and…

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