The Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Mr. Fidet Okhiria, has refuted claims of bandit’s attacks its train on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor.
Okhiria, who spoke to our correspondent over the phone, confirmed that part of the rail track was destroyed.
However, he attributed the incident to suspected vandals, saying investigation to unravel what happened is underway.
“It’s true our rail track was damaged,” he said, adding that he couldn’t confirm if it’s a terrorist attack.
He said the track was destroyed by suspected vandals as vandalism of the NRC facilities have been on the increase in recent times.
“So we have issues with the track and we are fixing it. We are working to resume train services and by today’s (Thursday) evening, we should run if possible.
“We operated a train from Kaduna to Abuja this morning (Thursday) but we had to suspend operations due to the damaged track until we fix it” he further explained.
He also assured that they are working to improve security on the corridor.
Recall that there were unconfirmed reports that bandits had destroyed part of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line using dynamite. As a result, a Kaduna bound train was compelled to return to Abuja.