BEVERLY HILLS, September 16, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has denied reports of alleged bandits’ attacks on Abuja-Kaduna train KA4 between Asham and Kubwa on Monday afternoon.
In a statement by the Corporation’s Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria said the reports were false.
Okhiria said, “there was no bandit attack on the train; it’s just a rumour otherwise, they will have seen bullets 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,” Mr Okhiria said.
He, however, urged the public using the trains not to panic as the Minister of Transportation and NRC would ensure the safety of Nigerians on that route.
Similarly, the Manager, Abuja-Kaduna Train Service, Paschal Nnorli, confirmed that the train arrived at Idu station on schedule on Monday, and denied any bandit attack.
“The attention of Nigerian Railway Corporation has been drawn to fake online news that the KA4 train from Kaduna to Abuja was attacked on Monday by armed bandits between Asham and Kubwa. This news is false. 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,” Nnorli said
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Police Command has also debunked reports that a Kaduna bound train was attacked by gunmen on Monday evening.
The Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige said that some miscreants threw stones at the moving train around Rijana village. He added that “it was not a bullet or bow and arrow, what they threw are not aggressive weapons. It was not an attack, the train was moving. Our men in Rijana are on top of the situation.”
The Command spokesman, who assured that a thorough investigation would be conducted, said no suspect has been arrested. He vowed that anyone found to be involved in the incident would be punished, adding that policemen have been deployed to the area to trail the suspects.