Breaking: NRC halts Abuja-Kaduna train service over alleged terrorist attack

Breaking: NRC halts Abuja-Kaduna train service over alleged terrorist attack

  • The federal government has halted train service on the Abuja-Kaduna route as a result of insecurity
  • According to the federal government, there must be thorough investigation after it was alleged that the train was bombed
  • Recall the Shehu Sani had raised alarm that the train was attacked with explosive by some criminals

The Nigeria Railway Corporation has stopped services on the Abuja-Kaduna route following allegations that a part of the train track was bombed by bandits.

Officials of the corporation confirmed on Thursday that services on the route had been halted but stated that investigations were ongoing to determine if the facility was actually bombed as widely speculated.

NRC halts Abuja-Kaduna train service over alleged terrorist attack
NRC halts Abuja-Kaduna train service
Source: UGC

A former Senator from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, posted on his verified Twitter handle that bandits attacked a train on the route on Wednesday.

Sani said “Yesterday (Wednesday) terrorists attacked the Kaduna-Abuja railway with an explosive and opened fire on the train, targeting the engine driver and the tank.

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“This (Thursday) morning, I was onboard when our train ran over another explosive damaged rail.”

Meanwhile, 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 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.

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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.


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