Federal Government suspends resumption of Abuja-Kaduna Train service indefinitely.

Written by on May 21, 2022

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), announced an indefinite suspension of the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train services, which was initially scheduled to resume on the 23rd of May, 2022.

The suspension was due to outcry from families of kidnapped victims of the March 28 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train by gunmen suspected to be terrorists who argued that they will frustrate the resumption of the train service.

In a press statement by the spokesman of the NRC, Mahmoud Yakubu, he said a new date would be announced to the public as soon as possible.

According to the statement, the NRC apologised for the delay in the resumption of the service even as it assured the families of the kidnapped victims that it was working very hard to safely rescue the kidnapped victims,  adding that NRC will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the Federal Government in its uncompromising mandate of protecting the territorial integrity and the internal security of Nigeria for safeguarding the lives and properties of its citizens especially as it concerns the rail sub-sector.

NRC therefore appeal, particularly to the relatives of persons held hostage to be patient and cooperate with the Corporation and the security agencies as the Federal Government is exploring all possible ways and means to ensure the safe release of their loved ones from captivity, soonest.

The families of the passengers kidnapped from the train had protested the resumption of train service saying once the trains resume operations, the case of the 62 passengers still in the kidnapper’s den will be forgotten.

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, files lawsuit to stop Nigerian Railway Corporation from resuming train services on Abuja-Kaduna route .

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Femi Falana, filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to stop the Nigerian Railway Corporation from resuming train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route until the railway lines are adequately protected from attacks by bandits and terrorists.

According to reports, also joined in the suit is another human rights lawyer, Marshal Abubakar.

Both activists filed the suit on Friday ahead of the now-botched planned resumption of train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route on Monday, March 28.

The suit against the NRC, the Minister of Transportation, and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, declared that the Respondents on the matter, are bound to secure the railway lines linking Kaduna State to Abuj against armed attacks by Boko Haram terrorists, kidnappers, and other armed groups before the recommencement of railway transportation services.

The lawsuit relied on Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act, Cap A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria which guarantee that every person living in Nigeria is entitled to the protection of their fundamental right to life.

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