The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has reacted to reports of alleged bandits attacks on Abuja – Kaduna train KA4 between Asham and Kubwa on Monday afternoon.
Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Fidet Okhiria, in his reaction to the reports described the reports as false.
While giving account of what actually transpired in statement on Tuesday, Mr Okhiria noted that there are always hoodlums who usually throw heavy stones at the moving train along Abuja – Kaduna route.
He explained, “There was no bandit attack on the train; it’s just a rumour otherwise, they will have seen bullet all over the train.
”It was hoodlums who threw stones at the train and because the Police got one suspect, at night, more hoodlums came out to attack the train in protest against the arrest made in the afternoon.
“NRC has, however, spoken to security agencies to help us prevent such future occurrences and intervene in the matter, so they will know how best to deal with the situation’” Okhiria said.
Urging the public using the trains not to panic, he strongly pledged that the Minister of Transportation and NRC would do the needful to ensure safety of Nigerians on that route.
Also speaking on the incident, the Manager Abuja-Kaduna Train Service, Mr Paschal Nnorli, who described the news as fake, confirmed that the train arrived Idu station on schedule on Monday, and denied any bandit attack.
“In between Asham and Kubwa sections, some hoodlums threw stones and broke the windscreen of our locomotive.
“The crew and armed police escort went after them, the train, however, continued its trip down to Idu,” he said.