DSS Arrests Manager Over Leaked Memo on Planned Terror Attack on Abuja-Kaduna Railway

The Department of State Services, DSS has arrested the Manager, Abuja-Kaduna Train Services, Mr. Pascal Nnorli, following the leak of a memo warning of the possible terror attack on the Abuja-Kaduna railway.

A reliable source in the Nigerian Railway Corporation said the manager was arrested along with the Operations Manager, Victor Adamu, and other staff members.

The DSS had last Wednesday issued a security alert to the Nigerian Railway Corporation on a plot by bandits to attack the Abuja-Kaduna train link at any possible time.

In a memo signed by the Director of the DSS, FCT Command, R. N. Adepemu, the secret police warned train passengers to be security conscious.

Speaking on Sunday, the NRC source said, “Do you know that they have arrested our manager since last Thursday –the two of them, the operation manager and Pascal? But they have released one of them.

“Victor is a victim of circumstances because they met him in Pascal’s office, so they arrested him together with all Pascal’s staff and took them to the DSS office. Pascal is still there now.”

The source said the arrest was likely to be in connection with the leak of the DSS memo.

The source claimed that the letter, which detailed sensitive information about the attack, was addressed to the Managing Director of the NRC, stressing that it explicitly warned that if the letter were to leak, it could lead to arrests.

“I couldn’t tell why they arrested them, but what I am hearing is concerning this Abuja-Kaduna attack. They wrote one letter to our Managing Director and it states clearly that if the letter leaks, it can lead to arrest and according to DSS it was Pascal’s office they dropped the letter and the letter leaked and went viral.”

When contacted, the Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria, declined comments.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has approved the deployment of an Air Force jet to assist the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in beefing up security along the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.

This followed an alert by the DSS of a possible attack by terrorists.

The jet deployment was one of the pre-emptive measures taken by the authorities to prevent a reoccurrence of the 28 March 2022 terrorists attack on Abuja–Kaduna train in Katari, Kaduna State.