The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Monday resumed shuttle services on the Kaduna-Abuja route after about eight months it suspended operations.
The train departed the terminal by 9:45am in Kaduna and arrived at the Idu train station in Abuja at about 10:22am.
To ensure safety of passengers, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Alkali Baba, ordered the immediate deployment of armed personnel drawn from the Police Mobile Force, K-9, Force Intelligence Bureau, Explosive Ordnance Unit and Railway Police Command.
The Nigeria Police Force has been in regular talks with the NRC and other security agencies in preparation for the commencement of operations.
The deployment covers major railway stations along the route and operational coaches to provide adequate security for passengers, their property and the entire service in order to prevent any unforeseen incidence.
“The IGP therefore assures the public, especially intending passengers, of adequate protection of lives and property, as all hands are on deck to fortify the railway services along the route and other rail lines across the country,” the police spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement given to Persecondnews on Monday.
On March 28, 2022 about 7.45 pm, more than 100 passengers on the Kaduna-bound train were kidnapped at Katan near Kaduna by terrorists while at least eight were shot dead.
The terrorists had bombed the rail tracks thereby derailing the train.