The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has delayed the resumption of train service between Abuja and Kaduna.
The Corporation had previously announced that operations along the route would resume on May 23, 2022.
In a statement by the Corporation’s Managing Director, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, it was stated that a new date would be announced, despite the fact that no explanation was provided for the postponement.
In March, train service along the corridor was suspended due to a terrorist attack on the rail track.
The attack resulted in eight deaths, several injuries, and the kidnapping of over sixty passengers.
The statement reads as follows: “The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is announcing a change in the date for the resumption of Abuja-Kaduna train service (AKTS).
“The Corporation apologises for the delays in service restoration.
A new date will be announced in the near future.
Regarding efforts to rescue those kidnapped, the NRC stated: “The NRC will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the federal government in its uncompromising mandate to protect the territorial integrity and internal security of Nigeria for safeguarding the lives and properties of its citizens, particularly in the rail sector.
“In the same vein, we would like to reassure the families of those held captive as a result of the recent attack on AKTS that the Federal Government is cognizant of its responsibility for the safe rescue of all hostages.
“We therefore appeal, especially to the relatives of hostages, for patience and cooperation with the corporation and security agencies, as the federal government explores all possible means to ensure the safe release of their loved ones from captivity as quickly as possible.
“The NRC extends its deepest appreciation to the security agencies for their ongoing support. God bless Nigeria, thank you.”