The Nigeria Railway Corporation has halt services on the Abuja-Kaduna route following allegations that a part of the train track was bombed by bandits.
Nigeria railway corporation officials verified that services on the Abuja-Kaduna route had been halted but highlighted that investigations were ongoing to determine if the facility was actually bombed as widely speculated.
Shehu Sani, a former Senator of Nigeria from Kaduna state, posted on his verified Twitter handle that bandits attacked a train on the route on Wednesday.
Senator Shehu Sani said “Yesterday (Wednesday) terrorists attacked the Kaduna-Abuja railway with an explosive and opened fire on the train, targeting the engine driver and the tank.
“This (Thursday) morning, I was onboard when our train ran over another explosive damaged rail.”
The Abuja/Kaduna Train Service Station Manager, Paschal Nnorli, confirmed that there was an attack on the train, but could not ascertain if it was with an explosive.
“Yes, there was an attack, but right now I cannot confirm if it was an explosive or bomb attack as people are saying,” he said.
Nnorli added, “Investigations are ongoing and I’ll give you updates as they come in. Out engineers have been mobilised to the area. And right now we have suspended services.”