Bandits : NRC announces reconnection of bombed track access between Abuja and Kaduna.
It says that the south end of the tracks destroyed by terrorists on March 28th has been rejoined with the north end.
NRC says that the Abuja–Kaduna Train Service would resume soon with additional security measures put in place.
The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the reconnection of damaged track access between Abuja and Kaduna, adding that services would soon resume on the line.
A statement issued by the NRC on Thursday stated that the south end of the tracks which was destroyed by terrorists on March 28, 2022 has been successfully joined with the north end.
Part of the statement reads :
“In our concerted efforts at restoring the AKTS tracks corridor for resumption of service soonest, please note the latest updates : the connection of the AKTS line has been achieved.
“This implies that the major track components (concrete sleepers and rails) have been completely laid. The south end of the tracks (which was destroyed by the explosion) has been successfully joined with the north end.
“Track access between Abuja and Kaduna is now restored. The technical team continue with other track stabilisation works including ballasting, temping, fastening of accessories (clips, bolts and nuts) and welding.”
The NRC also stated the Loco 2502 which was involved in the accident (though not damaged) and trapped at the Rigasa end due to lack of route access has now crossed to the Idu end and taken to the workshop for proper examination and routine maintenance.
The corporation further stated that the Abuja–Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) would resume soon with additional security measures put in place.
“Passengers will be required to provide their NIN registration for verification prior to purchasing train tickets. This is for improved passenger profiling and safety onboard.
“The corporation is committed to the safety of all our passengers and staff onboard the ill-fated Ak9 train service. We will continue to collaborate with security agencies to ensure all persons being held are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families, soonest.”