Backlashed, NRC suspends resumption of Abuja-Kaduna train service indefinitely


The corporation had recently announced that it would on Monday, May 23, resume the Abuja-Kaduna train service.

The announcement attracted condemnation by Nigerians, especially from families of victims of the March 28 bandits’ attack in Kaduna, who are still in the captivity of the terrorists.

The abducted passenger’s family had described the announcement by the NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna train service as insensitive, coming when their loved ones are still being held captive by their captors.

It is clear that the NRC, following the backlash, may have decided to postpone the resumption indefinitely.

In a statement on Friday by its spokesman, Mr. Mahmud Yakub, NRC said a new date would be announced “soonest” for the resumption.

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The statement read, “The NRC will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the Federal Government in its uncompromising mandate of protecting the territorial integrity and the internal security of Nigeria for safeguarding the lives and properties of its citizens especially as it concerns the rail sub-sector.

“In the same vein, we once again identify with the relatives of those in captivity on the account of the recent attack on AKTS to be rest assured that the Federal Government is alive to its responsibility for the safe rescue of all persons being held hostage.

“We, therefore, appeal, particularly to the relatives of persons held hostage to be patient and cooperate with the Corporation and the Security Agencies as the Federal Government is exploring all possible ways and means to ensure the safe release of their loved ones from captivity, soonest.


“The NRC expresses its profound gratitude to the security agencies for the continued support.”


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