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Train attack: 186 now confirmed safe, 22 missing, 51 others unreachable

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation has confirmed the safety of 186 passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train attacked by terrorists last Monday’s near Kaduna, representing an increase of 14 persons from the last tally.

It also said in the latest statement that 22 passengers had been reported missing by their relatives; the phones of 35 people on the train manifest were ringing when called but no-one responded; just as the mobile phone numbers of 51 others were unreachable.

The development is coming exactly one week after the train was attacked in the Kateri-Rijana area of the state.

Musa-Lawal Ozigi, TUC secretary-general; Akin Akinsola, TUC Kwara chairman; and Chinelo Nwando Megafu, a dental surgeon, were among those who died in the attack

Giving an update in a statement issued on Sunday, the NRC Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria, said, “Fifty-one phone numbers on the manifest are either switched off or not reachable since Tuesday morning.”

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He said 35 phone numbers “are ringing but no response from the other end” while 60 phone numbers, when called, are said to be non-existent.

“Two coaches earlier re-railed were safely moved to Rigasa Station. This brings the total number of recovered coaches and safely moved to NRC stations to 7,” he said.

“Intensive work continues on track repairs. More concrete sleepers were moved to site while some section of twisted tracks has been straightened.”

Since the incident, only eight passengers on board the train have been confirmed dead.

The NRC had announced the suspension of the Abuja-Kaduna railway operations following the attack.

The statement is presented below:

In our quest to keep the general public informed with on-going development regarding the clearing of the incident site (recovery of the rolling stock, repairs of the track) and status of Passengers that were on-board the AK 9 train of Monday 28th March 2022, the Corporation hereby provide the following  updates as at end of work today 3rd April, 2022:

  • Two (2No.) Coaches (SP 00016 and SP 00017) earlier re-railed were safely moved to Rigasa Station. This brings the total number of recovered Coaches and safely moved to NRC Stations to 7No.
  • Intensive work continues on track repairs. More concrete Sleepers were moved to site while some section of twisted tracks has been straightened.
  • Of the 362 validated passengers on board the attacked AK9 train service on 28th April 2022,
    • 186 persons on the manifest are confirmed to be safe and at their various homes (Additional 14 persons confirmed safe today).
    • 51 phone numbers on the manifest are either switched off or not reachable since Tuesday morning.
    • 35 phone numbers on the manifest are ringing but no response from the other end.
    • 60 phone numbers on the manifest when called response non-existent.
    • 22 persons are reported missing by their relatives.
    • 8 persons confirmed dead.

We remain grateful to the Security Agencies for all the support. We are very appreciative of the Squadron Commander MOPOL 1 Kaduna visit to the accident site today. The NRC will continue to update the general public of developments to prevent misleading information and falsehood.

Thank you and God bless Nigeria.

 

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As Abuja-Kaduna train resumes operations today, IGP deploys specially armed police

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More than eight months after the popular Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service was suspended, it will resume operations today (Monday) December 5 with the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, ordering the deployment of specially armed personnel along the corridor to safeguard the area.

Spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Sunday, said the security operatives would be drawn from the police mobile force, K-9, force intelligence bureau, explosive ordinance unit and railway police command.

Terrorists attacked an Abuja-Kaduna passenger train on March 28, 2022, in which about eight persons were killed and 63 declared abducted. The abducted persons were later released in batches over a period of time.

Adejobi said the Nigeria Police Force had been in regular talks with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and other security agencies in preparation for the commencement of operations.

“The deployment covers major railway stations along the route and operational coaches to provide adequate security for passengers, their property and the entire service in order to prevent any unforeseen incident,” he said.

The police spokesman also said the IGP had assured the public, especially intending passengers, of adequate protection of lives and property.

He quoted the IGP as saying that all hands would be on deck to fortify the railway services along the route and other rail lines across the country.

The Federal Government had said operations would resume on the corridor last month. However, there was a delay in bringing the plans to fruition.

The FG, in its latest schedule, drew up another timeline for resumption.

Managing Director of the NRC, Fidet Okhiria, said in a statement on Saturday that the first train would depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna to Abuja by 8:00 in the morning while from Abuja, the first train would depart Idu train station to Kaduna by 9:45 in the morning.

As part of the new security measures, according to him, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number and valid boarding ticket before they will be allowed to board the train.

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Abuja-Kaduna train: NRC opens online, mobile app ticketing Sunday 8am

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…gives more stringent conditions

As train operation resumes on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor this Monday December 5, 2022, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has said that the purchase of tickets by proxy for the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service will be limited to only minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

It also stated that online and mobile app ticketing would be available from 8am in the on Sunday, December the 4th, 2022 while the ticket offices at the train stations would open from 6:30am on Monday, December the 5th.

This is part of the stringent security measures announced by the NRC as contained in a new statement issued by the management of the corporation.

The statement also indicated that the first train would depart the Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna State to Abuja by 8am while from Abuja, the first train would depart Idu Train Station to Kaduna by 9:45am.

The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number (NIN) and valid boarding ticket before they will be allowed to board.

Part of the statement by the NRC read, “This is to inform the general public that Nigerian Railway Corporation on the directive of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Transportation will resume the Abuja Kaduna Passenger train service on Monday 5th December 2022.

“The commuting public is hereby advised that as part of the new security measures on the Abuja Kaduna service, it is now mandatory to present the following documents before being allowed to board the train:

“National Identification Number (NIN) to every adult boarding the train.

“Valid boarding ticket: No access will be allowed into the departure or arrival hall without a valid ticket.

“Purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.

“All individual adult travellers must submit their NIN before the ticket can be issued.’’

The NRC suspended train service on the Abuja Kaduna route following the attack by some terrorists on a moving passenger train on March 28, 2022, with many passengers on board.

The attack which occurred a few kilometres from Kaduna metropolis had about eight people killed, with dozens injured and some others kidnapped by the bandits.

The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train have released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.

 

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NRC will resume Abuja-Kaduna train operations Monday Dec 5 – MD Okhiria

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‘Update mobile app for booking’ – NRC says Abuja-Kaduna train to resume on Monday

The Federal Government says the Abuja-Kaduna train services will commence on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, stated this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, stressing that all was set for the resumption of train operations along that route on Monday

He, however, advised passengers to begin updating their mobile apps as from December 3, 2022, to enable them to successfully book for rides.

He noted that services would commence with two train rides from Abuja to Kaduna and vice versa.

Okhiria said, “AK 1 will depart Idu Station at 9:45hrs and arrive at Rigasa station at 11:53hrs. KA 2 will depart Rigasa at 8:00hrs and arrive Idu station at 10:17hrs. AK 3 will depart Idu Station at 15:30hrs and arrive Rigasa Station at 17:38hrs. And KA 4 will depart Rigasa at 14:00hrs and arrive Idu Station at 16:07hrs.

The NRC boss assured passengers of the federal government’s commitment to ensure safety of lives and properties on board its train at all times.

The continued delay in resumption had sparked speculations that services would recommence last Monday.

But on Tuesday, Mua’zu Sambo, minister of transportation, said train services on the corridor would resume within seven days.

The minister said this was to enable passengers to get used to the new requirements (phone number and national identification number) for boarding the train.

 

 

“Your purchase of a ticket requires you to provide a phone number and a national identification number in order to profile, because that is the beginning of the security checks.

 

“So, at any point in time when a train moves from one station to another, we know who and who is on board.

 

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“If you don’t have a national identification number (NIN) you are not going to board our train. It is as simple as that.”

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