Services on the Abuja-Kaduna railway service have been suspended indefinitely by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
The suspension was announced via a notice to customers on its booking website where the corporation said the step was taken to keep the passengers safe.
It added that the services will be restored as soon as possible and passengers will be notified.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, train services have been immediately suspended for the safety of our dear passengers.
“Efforts are in place to restore service. Further information would follow immediately, the service is restored,” information on the website reads.
The suspension of service is believed to be linked to the recent attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train.
It will be recalled that a former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani had narrated on Twitter that terrorists on Wednesday attacked the Kaduna Abuja railway with an explosive & opened fire on the train, targeting the Engine Driver & the Tank.
He added that he was on board the train on Thursday morning when the train ran over another explosive damaged rail track and it took a miracle for them to escape.
The former lawmaker disclosed that bandits opened fire on the Abuja-Kaduna train he boarded after planting explosives on the railway.
According to Sani, “Yesterday, terrorists attacked the Kaduna Abuja railway with an explosive & opened fire on the train, targeting the Engine Driver & the Tank.
“This morning, I was on board when our train ran over another explosive [and it] damaged [the] rail. It took a miracle for us to escape.”
In the video he shared, the windshield of the train was shattered.
Sani’s account differs from reports on Wednesday’s incident that the train reportedly broke down around 8:00 pm after its engine collapsed and that a backup locomotive immediately took all passengers on board to Kaduna in safety.
One of the reports has it that the train took off from the Idu terminal in Abuja around 6pm but broke down for hours, some 40km to its final destination in Rigasa.