The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has provided insight into the purported attack on Kaduna-Abuja train KA4 by bandits between Asham and Kubwa on Monday.
In a statement released on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the Media Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, Mrs. Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni said:
“There were no bandits’ attacks on the train. It is just a rumour, otherwise, they will see the bullet holes all over the train. It was hoodlums that threw stones on the train and because the Police got one suspect, more hoodlums came out at night to attack the train in protest against the arrest made in the afternoon.
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“NRC has, however, spoken to security agencies to help prevent such future occurrences and intervene in the matter. So, they will know how best to deal with the situation.
“We, however, urge the public using the train not to panic, as the Minister of Transportation and NRC will ensure the safety of Nigerians on that route.”
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria has said the route is faced with the challenge of hoodlums who usually throw heavy stones at moving trains.
He also said that one of the suspects involved in throwing stones at the train on Monday has been apprehended by security agents, adding that efforts are ongoing to forestall such acts.
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