The Abuja- Kaduna train services would resume next Monday, almost two months after terrorists attacked the train in killing eight persons and kidnapped 63 others.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) revealed this in a statement signed by its Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mr. Yakub Mahmoud, on Monday.
The railway corporation said the service will return with greater security measures and without the early morning and the night train operations.
The statement reads, “the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMoT) has directed the resumption of the Abuja-Kaduna Train Services (AKTS).”
“The government however assured “the relatives of the abducted citizens still in captivity that the safe rescue of these passengers is a top priority and not to misconstrue the resumption of train services, as abandonment or nonchalant attitude of the government towards their plight. The federal government will never abdicate its responsibility in rescuing these valuable citizens, however, the government assures of its resolve not to succumb to threats by any faceless group.”
The NRC said, “additional security measures are being put in place at both the train stations and the track to ensure the safety of the passengers onboard.”
“These measures are not only for the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) but also for all the passenger train services especially on the standard gauge railway lines.”
“Consequently, the passengers are hereby enjoined to cooperate with the NRC in order to enjoin improved service delivery, safety and comfort by patiently complying with additional measures that will surely be introduced for the safety of our passengers, such as requesting for passengers National Identification Numbers (NIN) as part of our internal security check in addition, presentation of the following must be strictly complied with before boarding the train” NRC
“Valid Photo Identification Card (ID)Reachable telephone number of Next of Kin (NOK) or close relative.Online and offline purchase of tickets must contain the passengers individual profile or identification dataas part of additional security measures.”