The Nigerian Railway Company (NRC), on Friday, has introduced an indefinite suspension of the Abuja-Kaduna passenger prepare companies, which was initially scheduled to renew on Could 23, 2022.
The suspension adopted outcry from households of kidnap victims of the March 28 assault on the Abuja-Kaduna prepare by gunmen suspected to be terrorists.
The households had threatened to frustrate the resumption of the prepare service.
In a press assertion by the spokesman of the NRC, Mahmoud Yakubu, a duplicate of which was made accessible to LEADERSHIP, he stated a brand new date can be introduced to the general public as quickly as doable.
Within the assertion, the NRC apologised for the delay within the resumption of the service even because it assured the households of the kidnap victims that it was working very onerous to soundly rescue the kidnapped passengers.
In line with the assertion, it stated, “The NRC will proceed to cooperate and collaborate with the Federal Authorities in its uncompromising mandate of defending the territorial integrity and the interior safety of Nigeria for safeguarding the lives and properties of its residents particularly because it considerations the rail sub-sector.
“In identical vein, we as soon as once more establish with the kinfolk of these in captivity on the account of the latest assault on AKTS to be relaxation assured that the Federal Authorities is alive to its duty for the secure rescue of all individuals being held hostage.
“We, subsequently, attraction, significantly to the kinfolk of individuals held hostage to be affected person and cooperate with the Company and the safety companies because the Federal Authorities is exploring all doable methods and means to make sure the secure launch of their family members from captivity, soonest. The NRC expresses its profound gratitude to the safety companies for the continued help.”
Nonetheless, a senior official of the NRC who craved anonymity, defined that the lamentations from the households of the kidnapped prepare passengers pressured the NRC to postpone the passenger prepare resumption indefinitely.
“After the NRC introduced that the Abuja-Kaduna passenger prepare will resume on Monday, twenty third of Could 2022, there was an outcry from the households of the kidnapped victims.
“Many felt as soon as the trains resume operations, the case of the 62 passengers nonetheless within the kidnappers’ den shall be forgotten. Lots of them raised alarm concerning the steady keep in captivity of their beloved ones and since the NRC feels their ache, the administration felt the Abuja-Kaduna passenger prepare resumption needs to be postponed indefinitely.
“A brand new date will quickly be introduced very quickly. For now, many individuals affected by the prepare assault are tensed and we have to guarantee them that we’re on prime of the rescue of their kinfolk,” the NRC official stated.