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NRC SUSPENDS LAGOS-KANO, AJAOKUTA TRAIN SERVICES

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended train service operations on the Lagos-Kano and Ajaokuta routes over fear of terrorist attacks.

The NRC Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria, announced the suspension on Tuesday.

The Lagos-Kano train services were suspended as a result of the high level of insecurity in Niger and Kaduna states, which are the routes of the train heading to Kano from Lagos.

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Similarly, the development is following an attack on some passengers at the Ajaokuta station along the Warri-Itakpe route on Monday.

“The train is still running, but for now we will not be stopping at Ajaokuta because they have some concerns there. We heard that they removed their traditional ruler in that location and the local government chairman there”, Okihiria said.

Asked if there was any other train service that was not operating aside from the Abuja-Kaduna service, the NRC boss said, “No, apart from the Lagos to Kano (train service) because the Kaduna route is affected by the activities of bandits; and it (Lagos-Kano route) was stopped because we have to pass through Minna and Kaduna when heading to Kano. So we have to stop it for now.”

Okhiria, however, stated that the Federal Government had improved the security on the trains, adding that more men from the Police and Civil Defence were being deployed to protect the facilities.

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