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Abuja-Kaduna train service to resume November – FG

The Federal Government has said that train services on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line will resume in November.

The Minister Of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, made this known on Monday while giving the score card of his ministry in Abuja.

He said adequate security had been put in place to ensure the safety of passengers.

The minister, however, did not specify the date of the rail’s commencement of service.

The Nigerian Railway Corporation suspended train service along the route after terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022, killing several and abducting scores of passengers.

The captives were later released batch by batch till they were all freed.

The FG had said that the train will remain shut until those held captives by bandits were released.

Speaking to journalists in Lagos late September, the Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, disclosed this.

He noted that the corporation had restored the damaged rolling stock and fixed the track, but the train service would not resume without the safe release of the remaining passengers held hostage.

“Government has set up a committee to ensure maximum security for both train passengers and facilities during operation. We believe proper security measures should be put in place and until then, the Federal Government won’t approve the functioning of the train station.

“The minister of transportation is leading the struggle for the safe release of those still in captivity. We could not go with force to ensure no one loses their life. We are talking about present-day technology so that we can have real-time monitoring and deploying a lot of security agencies to be at strategic locations. We have made several visits to the Inspector General of Police, to the ministry for information, and we are working together to ensure that Nigerians are safe, not just the rail users. Anytime they release some people, we crosscheck from our manifest to ensure that their names are on the manifest and we do the report to the appropriate authority.”

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