21st October, 2021
By Lucy Ogalue/Abuja
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended indefinitely train services along the Abuja-Kaduna route.
Although it admitted an explosion on the rail track on the evening of 20 Oct., it was mum in explaining it was caused by terrorists.
P.M.News reported today that terrorists shot at the locomotive of the train on Wednesday night.
And today, the train almost derailed en route Abuja as it found that part of the track had been blown with explosive.
In a statement signed by the management, the corporation apologised to passengers for inconveniences the suspension might cause them, adding that measures were in place to resume the services very soon.
“The board and management of the NRC hereby inform the general public, particularly our valued passengers on Abuja-Kaduna Train Service that there was explosion on the rail track.
“This affected the fuel tank of the locomotive on Abuja to Kaduna last train (AK10) on Oct. 20.
“However, the situation has been brought under control by a relief locomotive that towed the train to Rigasa Station, Kaduna State.
“The affected locomotive has been sent to the workshop for assessment and repairs. We are also pleased to announce that there were no reported casualties or injuries to either the passengers or the train crew.
“The NRC intends to resume train services soonest, after appropriate measures, checks and maintenance are carried out“, the statement said.
Mr Paschal Nnorli, Manager of the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) had earlier told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that measures were already in place to address the issue and resume services accordingly.
Nnorli reiterated the Federal Government and NRC’s commitment to ensuring the safety of passengers and crew along the route.