Crime and Security

“Declining” insecurity: NRC halts Abuja-Kaduna train service over terrorists attack

“Declining” insecurity: NRC halts Abuja-Kaduna train service over terrorists attack

 

Following a reported attack on a train, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has stopped services on the Abuja-Kaduna route after insisting train tracks were vandalized.

The management of NRC said the Kaduna-bound passengers were forced to return to Abuja after being unable to get to their destination as a result of the damage on the track.

Meanwhile, former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani disclosed how the tracks were bombed by bandits, and the train shot at. The Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Mr. Fidet Okhiria, however, blamed vandals for the act.

The NRC in a statement shared on its website, stated that it has suspended operation on Abuja-Kaduna route for the safety of passengers and crew members.

The corporation said efforts were being put in place to ensure absolute safety along the route and further information concerning the suspension will be conveyed to the public shortly.

Abuja/Kaduna Train Service Station Manager, Paschal Nnorli has however told Punch that there was an attack on the train, but could not tell if it was with an explosive.

He was quoted saying;

“Yes, there was an attack, but right now I cannot confirm if it was an explosive or bomb attack as people are saying.

“Investigations are ongoing and I’ll give you updates as they come in. Out engineers have been mobilised to the area. And right now we have suspended services.”

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