The Federal Government has described the attack on the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi, Audu Madaki, as an attempt by terrorists at making a psychological point.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who spoke to State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, assured for the umpteenth time that the Federal Government is taking security issues very seriously.
AIG Madaki’s convoy, reportedly was heading to Abuja from Bauchi on Tuesday when it came under terrorists’ attack around Barde and Jagindi axis of Kaduna State.
While Madaki survived the attack with gunshot injuries, his orderly was said to have been shot dead.
The minister regretted that the success of the military have not received wide reportage as the terrorist attacks.
“I know that there have been quite a few successes by the military in overrunning the bandits around Abuja in the last couple of days. Regrettably, it’s like when the military is having the upper hand, they are not given the same kind of media coverage as when the bandits attack,” he said.
Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo, said the recent suspension of rail transportation services was in consideration of the public’s safety.
The Nigeria Railway Corporation had suspended the Lagos-Kano over terror fears. It also suspended services at the Ajaokuta station along Warri-Itakpe route because of the attack on some passengers by gunmen on Monday.
“I would like to state clearly that it is better to suspend a service where there is an imminent threat, and clear the threat first. Or where an incident had occurred and to investigate that incident, rather than jeopardise the life of a single Nigerian.
“So if there’s any suspension of rail services as of this morning, which is yet to be officially reported to me, because I had to come to Council very early this morning. As soon as I go back to the office, I will find out why. But Nigerians will rest assured that it is better to suspend the service than subject Nigerians to any threat to their lives,” he stated.