By Benjamin Idakwo
As the issue of insecurity continued to escalate across the country, human rights and political activist, Aisha Yesufu has knocked the Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, for denying that Sunday night attack on train passengers going to Kaduna from Rigasa station.
Amaechi had denied a report by Daily Nigerian about the attack, describing it as fake news. Aisha tweeted on Monday.
“Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, you should be ashamed of yourself. My sister, my brother and my sister-in-law were in that train. When your convoy scattered and you fled like a new born mouse whom water have been poured on, it was witnessed!. GOVERNANCE IS NOT BY LIES & PROPAGANDA!” she wrote.
She punched Amaechi further in another tweet:
Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi
@ChibuikeAmaechi instead of preparing notes to tell the President that the insecurity is real, you called it fake news. When they are done with us and our children, they will come after you and your children!
However, Amaechi stood by his version of the story, by replying Aisha: Madam, I was not attacked; I did not see or escaped attackers, bandits or kidnappers. I did not “fled like a…” Insults & abuses will not change the fact that I was not attacked or escaped attack, in Kaduna last night. BTW, we can still be respectful & courteous here. Good morning https://twitter.com/aishayesufu/status/1229299030263554048 …
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi you should be ashamed of yourself. My sister, my brother and my sister-in-law were in that train. When your convoy scattered and you fled like a new born mouse whom water have been poured on, it was witnessed!. GOVERNANCE IS NOT BY LIES & PROPAGANDA! https://twitter.com/ChibuikeAmaechi/status/1229162469370847232 …
Daily Nigerian since the report on Sunday night had declined to pull down the story, which was based on a witness account.
The witness, Musa Lawan, told the paper that: “We were lucky the police and soldiers are nearby to come our rescue. The minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi was among the passengers. His convoy had to make a detour onto Rigasa road.”
Lawan was among the hundreds of passengers that arrived at the station at about 8.15pm.
As their vehicles moved into town, through Mando area, gunmen who had laid an ambush fired at them, with the aim of forcing them to stop to kidnap some of the passengers for ransom.