- The ministry of transportation has disclosed that service on the Abuja-Kaduna railway will resume on Saturday, October 23
- Rotimi Amaechi, the minister, said repairs on the damaged tracks have been completed by engineers in charge of the work
- The minister also said in no time, the DSS, Nigerian Army will get hold of those who vandalised the tracks
Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, on Friday, October 22, promised Nigerians that vandals who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train will be caught in no time.
Amaechi said the criminals will be tracked by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya, and himself, Daily Nigerian reports.
During his inspection of the damages done by the blast, the minister said:
“When I get to Abuja tomorrow, I will see the leadership of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Chief of Army Staff. We will find the people.”
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He added that the Abuja-Kaduna train service will resume on Saturday, October 23, adding that the repair work on the tracks had been completed.
“What is significant is that the repair was done by our Nigerian engineers and completed in record time. They moved in today and finished today and by tomorrow, we expect that the first train will run."
Senator Shehu Sani narrowly escapes death as bandits bomb railway
Meanwhile, 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.
Sani said the windshield of the train's engine was also shattered and damaged in the process while the bandits opened fire on the travellers.
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.