Criminals with suspected links to commercial drivers plying the Port Harcourt-Aba have deliberately removed some metals from the train track to sabotage train and avoid competition from the trains this yuletide.
Press sources say 30 persons were injured on Tuesday, as train traveling to Port Harcourt on high speed from Aba skied off the track as a result of the vandalized rail tracks.
Port Harcourt based sports journalist, Sopirinye Jaja who reported the incidence on his Twitter handle said : “There was no oil mill market on Wednesday because of the Christmas. The accident occurred on Tuesday. it was initially believed to have been rail thieves, but upon arriving at the scene, the train tracks were removed and kept out and not stolen to frustrate train.”
“Thank God no death.. Most low income business people now use train to Aba instead commercial bus. the tracks were not stolen, but removed to stop train.. Sabotage.”
Where they are functional, train services have become an option for travelers and businesses people, especially during the Christmas and new year celebrations when mini bus drivers overshoot fares, causing more hardship on low income earners.
Arrest Miyetti Allah Leaders, CAN Tells FG
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised the Federal Government to arrest the leaders of the Miyetti Allah for allegedly sponsoring crimes in the country.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, gave the advice in a chat with reporters in Abuja.
Ayokunle, who expressed sadness over the recent killings in the northern part of the country, especially that of the Adamawa State CAN chairman, said: “The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpertuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among others”.
Facebook Shuts Down Nnamdi Kanu’s Page
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday said the Facebook page of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been shut down.
The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, alleged that the action was taken by Facebook Nigeria who, it said viewed the page as a platform to exposing the ills in government.
It warned that Biafra had suffered greatly as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s, saying it could not afford to allow same to continue in the 21st century.
The statement reads in part: “We can confirm that Facebook Nigeria has shut down the page of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“This is not unconnected with the fact that our leader’s page has become a rich resource for those determined to expose the evil regime in Nigeria and enthrone a better life for the masses.