- The management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has reacted to the Abuja-Kaduna train bomb blast
- NRC's MD, Fidet Okhiria, on Thursday, October 21, noted that the attack caused serious damage to the rail line
- However, Okhiria denied claims and viral reports that the bomb attack was carried out by bandits
In the professional opinion of the managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, those who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train are vandals.
Speaking on the deadly attack on Thursday, October 21, Okhiria dismissed reports that the operation was carried out by bandits, The Cable reports.
The NRC boss in his conversation with Daily Trust said services on the railway line were suspended because hitches were noticed on the track, adding that the issue will be resolved very soon.
“So we have issues with the track and we are fixing it. We are working to resume train services and by today’s evening, we should run if possible.
PAY ATTENTION: Join Legit.ng Telegram channel! Never miss important updates!
“We operated a train from Kaduna to Abuja this morning but we had to suspend operations due to the damaged track until we fix it.”
Shehu Sani narrowly Escapes death as bandits bomb railway
Earlier, there was an alleged attack on the Abuja-Kaduna railway by some bandits. A former lawmaker who represented Kaduna central at the eighth Senate, Shehu Sani, said that bandits have attacked the Kaduna-Abuja train.
The former lawmaker said the attack by the bandits occurred after they planted an explosive that damaged the rail track.
The senator who posted the details of the incident on his personal Facebook account said the bandits targetted the driver and the tank of the engine on the night of Wednesday, October 20.
He added that the train driver struggled to move towards the Rigasa station in Kaduna after the attack last night.
"It happened between Dutse and Rijana stations. The Driver struggled to move towards Kaduna Rigasa station."
In another twist of an event, the senator added that the said bandits came for a repeat attack early the next day, Thursday, October 21.
According to Sani, the second attack occurred when the train he boarded ran over another explosive that damaged the train railings.