Following the disturbing news about the attack of an Abuja-Kaduna bound train KA4 by bandits between Asham and Kubwa on Monday, the Nigerian Railway Corporation have stated that the claim is false.
This was made known by the NRC managing director, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, who stated that the road is often plagued with hoodlums who throws heavy stones at moving trains.
In a statement made available by the Media Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni in Abuja on Tuesday.
It reads: “There were no bandits’ attacks on the train. It is just a rumour otherwise they will see the bullet holes all over the train. It was hoodlums that threw stones on the train and because the Police got one suspect, more hoodlums came out at night to attack the train in protest against the arrest made in the afternoon.
“NRC has, however, spoken to security agencies to help prevent such future occurrences and intervene in the matter. So, they will know how best to deal with the situation.
“We, however, urge the public using the train not to panic, as the Minister of Transportation and NRC will ensure the safety of Nigerians on that route.”
He also said that one of the suspects involved in throwing stones at the train on Monday was apprehended by security agents, adding that efforts are ongoing to forestall such acts.
Meanwhile, the internet went abuzz on Monday when a doctor disclosed that his colleagues were attacked by bandits on the Abuja-Kaduna train route.