Insecurity: Terrorists attack Kaduna-Abuja train service


By Seun Ibiyemi

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Thursday confirmed that the rail track for the Kaduna-Abuja train services was  blown up by explosives planted on the tracks by yet to be identified persons on Wednesday evening. This is even as the Corporation said efforts are ongoing to restore the train services along that route.

In a tweet, former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani disclosed that the train he boarded ran into a portion damaged by explosives used by terrorists in attacking a Kaduna-Abuja train on Wednesday.

The former lawmaker alleged that terrorists had attacked a Kaduna-Abuja train on Wednesday with explosives.

He alleged that the terrorists also opened fire on the engine driver and tank of the train.

“This morning, I was on board when our train ran over another explosive damaged rail track. It took a miracle for us to escape,” Sani tweeted.

In a swift response, the Managing Director of the NRC, Engineer Fidel Okhiria explained that the explosives damaged the rail tracks somewhere between Dutse and Rijana

According to the NRC Boss, “Yes, there was an explosive on our rail track somewhere around Rijana and Dutse last night, and this damaged the tracks.

“Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure that the train services along the Kaduna-Abuja route are fully restored,”

When asked if there were gunshots aimed at the train driver and the tank of the train, the NRC MD stated that, “There was nothing like that. Only an explosive that went up on the track.

“Are you aware that we even ran a train service this morning? There was nothing like shooting or the train by bandits. Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure full train services are restored along that route.”