Despite attacks, Abuja-Kaduna train service resumes Saturday – FG


The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said train services would resume on the Abuja-Kaduna route on Saturday.

This comes barely 48 hours after the suspension of its operations, following attacks on its facilities.

The Minister added that he would meet with the Director-General of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and Chief of Army Staff to apprehend the attackers.

“The government is already working to apprehend the bandits. When I get to Abuja tomorrow, i will see the DG SS and the Chief of Army Staff. We will find the people.”

On the repairs, Amaechi said: “The repair work is 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 by tomorrow (Saturday).

The Minister also hinted that a digital security system would be installed on Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan corridors.

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) had announced suspension of its operation on the route following explosive attack on some portions of the tracks on Wednesday.

The NRC in a statement on Thursday confirmed that there was an explosion on the rail track.

It further stated that the explosion affected the fuel tank of the locomotive on Abuja to Kaduna last train (AK10) of 20th October 2021.

The Corporation further explained that the affected locomotive has been sent to the workshop for assessment and repairs.

It added that there were no reported casualties or injuries to either the passengers or train craw.

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