Families and friends of the abducted passengers in ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train attack have told the Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Mr. Fidet Okhiria that his claim that he was in touch with them was a lie from the pit of hell.
Okhiria had in an interview with ARISE TV said something to the effect, a claim distraught families disputed in a statement tey released to express anger at plan by NRC to resume operation of Abuja-Kaduna route.
It reads in part: “We, the relatives of abducted passengers, are proud Nigerians with clear identities. We are not ghosts and we are certainly not faceless as alleged by the management of the NRC in their press release.
“The M.D of NRC, Mr. Fidet Okhiria claimed in a recent interview with Arise TV that he has been in regular contact with the real relatives of kidnapped passengers.
“Nothing can be farther from the truth. We challenge Mr. Okhiria to name just 10 of the real relatives he has been dealing with, out of the over 1000 relatives of the passengers still held hostage in the forest.
“This deliberate misinformation by Mr. Okhiria is least expected of a public servant of his standing and more so, in a situation that requires utmost sincerity in resolving the current challenge of hostage-taking.”
Jimoh called on the Federal Government to relieve the management of the NRC of their job for gross incompetence.
“The attitude of the top Management of NRC to presidential directives is a clear testimony of gross incompetence and insensitivity to the plight of relatives of abducted passengers and we demand the immediate replacement.
“We would, once again, like to appeal most passionately to Mr. President to direct all security agencies involved in the rescue efforts to accelerate action so that our beloved ones in captivity can be reunited with us soonest.”