It was reported on the PUNCH that the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has stopped services on the Abuja-Kaduna route following allegations that a part of the train track was bombed by bandits. This is not the first time we are hearing of an attack on the train. One question that comes to play is why the train has become an object for attacks.
Recall that last year, there was a widely spread report that bandits attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train KA4 between Asham and Kubwa. Although the NRC‘s Managing Director, Mr. Fidet Okhiria denied the report, stating that the report was false. Okhiria mentioned that there are always hoodlums who usually throw heavy stones at the moving train along the Abuja-Kaduna route and that there was no bandit attack on the train.
The main point of concern is the continuous attack on the train? What are the real reasons for the attack? What are these people (whether bandits or hoodlums) requesting for? Why have these people not been apprehended and brought to book? What is the NRC doing to help prevent such future occurrences? What is the fate of the public using the trains? These are critical questions that need answers immediately.
Just like the Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan route, Nigerians are beginning to enjoy the train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route. So all relevant bodies must act fast before things get out of hand.
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