The Kaduna-Abuja train was reportedly attacked Thursday morning, Senator Shehu Sani, who was on the train bound for Abuja, said the pa**engers narrowly escaped death.
Sani, who represented the central senatorial zone of Kaduna between 2015 and 2019, reported on his Facebook page that the train hit the rails damaged by explosives and nearly slipped off the track.
“This early morning I was on board when our train hit the rails damaged by the explosion.
“The train almost slipped off the track, then we miraculously disappeared. All traffic of Kaduna-Abuja trains should be suspended for today until this issue is resolved, ”he said.
Sani also said a similar incident took place on Wednesday evening.
Senator Shehu Sani said: “Last night, bandits attacked the Kaduna-Abuja train. They planted explosives that damaged the rails and shattered the locomotive’s windshield.
They also opened fire on the driver and the tank. It happened between the station’s Duce and Rizhana.
“The driver tried his best to move towards the Kaduna Rigasa station.”
When contacted, Kaduna State Police spokesman Mohammad Jalij said that he could not comment on the incident as the railroad was run by the Railroad Police, the Police Commissioner in charge of the Railroad Command, Mr. Oeyemi Adediran, did not answer several phone calls when contacted.
However, the managing director of the Nigerian Railroad Corporation (NRC) Mr. Fidet Ohiria, according to the agency, confirmed the incident but denied allegations of a terrorist/bandit attack on the train.
He attributed the incident to the actions of the alleged vandals, stating that an investigation into its disclosure was ongoing.
However, Senator Shehu Sani added that the highway was destroyed by suspected vandals, as cases of vandalism against NRC facilities have increased recently.
“So we have problems with the track and we are fixing them. We are working to get the trains back on track, and by this evening (Thursday) we should be running if possible.
“We traveled by train from Kaduna to Abuja this morning (Thursday), but we had to suspend work due to a damaged track until we fix it,” he is quoted as saying.
He added that everything is being done to improve security in the corridor.