The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended train service operations on the Lagos-Kano route.
Also, there were reports of suspension of train services at Ajaokuta station, along the Warri-Itakpe route by the NRC after the attack on some passengers by gunmen on Monday.
According to Punch, various sources from the Federal Ministry of Transport and the NRC revealed that train services would not resume until the security along the Lagos-Kano route and the Ajaokuta train station was guaranteed.
The NRC Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria, who confirmed the suspension of the train services at the Ajaokuta station and the Lagos-Kano route, said the corporation has not stopped train services on Warri-Itakpe route, but rather said they will not be stopping at the Ajaokuta station.
Okhiria said, “We have not stopped (services), rather what we said was that we are not going to be stopping at the Ajaokuta station.
“This is because yesterday (Monday), while passengers were leaving the station with their private cars and buses, they had people shooting at them. So we said we will not stop there again for passengers.
“The train is still running, but for now we will not be stopping at Ajaokuta because they have some concerns there. We heard that they removed their traditional ruler in that location and the local government chairman there.”
The NRC boss pointed out that apart from the Abuja-Kaduna route, the corporation had also suspended services on the Lagos-Kano route because of security concerns.
On if there was any other train service that was not operating aside from the Abuja-Kaduna service, they said, “No, apart from the Lagos to Kano (train service) because the Kaduna route is affected by the activities of bandits; and it (Lagos-Kano route) was stopped because we have to pass through Minna and Kaduna when heading to Kano. So we have to stop it for now.”
The NRC on March 29, 2022, suspended train service operations on the Abuja-Kaduna route after an attack on a train on that route by some terrorists.
The attack had left some 8 passengers dead with some others seriously injured and scores abducted.
On Tuesday, the Federal Government hinted that it will fully resume operations for the Abuja-Kaduna train route when it has installed the appropriate surveillance technology for the trains as part of measures to prevent further attacks.