The Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Mando Chapter in Kaduna, Ibrahim Danborno, has cautioned drivers against embarking on night journeys to avoid risking their lives and that of their passengers to the notorious hands of of kidnappers.
Danborno applauded the great efforts by security agents who were working tirelessly to ensure that the roads are free from crime, but advised drivers to avoid making night journeys, especially those who operate commercial fleets so as not to put their lives and the lives of their passengers at risk.
“Transport unions across the country should continue to sensitize their members on the dangers of night journey.
“ As much as kidnappings still occur even during the day, chances of its occurrence are higher at night,” he said.
The official said for now, articulated vehicles prefer to travel at night for convenience, but advised drivers of other vehicles to stay off the road at night for their security and safety.
He also cautioned drivers against taking passengers outside motor parks, “as such practice is very risky because you don’t know who you are carrying.”
“We had several instances where kidnappers connived with persons who hide under the guise of being passengers along the road to abduct people.
“Drivers should ensure their passengers fill the passenger manifest before they take off from their respective parks,” he added.
Finally, Danborno assured security operatives of the cooperation of the Transport Association to curb incidences of kidnapping in Kaduna State.