All train services on the Lagos, Abuja and Ajaokuta routes have been suspended over safety concerns, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced.
Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director of NRC confirmed this to the media on Wednesday.
Mr Okhiria said this followed a report of an attempted kidnapping of passengers that left the Ajaokuta Station by road on their way to Abuja.
He explained that the passengers and their vehicles were shot at in the process, but they escaped from the attackers.
Okhiria also said that the passengers have been advised to use any of the adjacent stations in Itakpe (north) or Itogbo (south) until the security situation in the area improves.
“Similarly, in compliance with the Honourable Minister’s directive, the Abuja to Kaduna passenger train service remains suspended until all the passengers held hostage as a result of the train attack by the bandits are completely released to their relations and the additional security system is put in place to avoid reoccurrence.
“In addition, the Lagos to Kano Express passenger train will not resume operation following suspected bandits’ presence along the Minna to Kaduna rail corridor in the North Western district of the Corporation.”
The statement came just hours after five more kidnapped passengers of the ill-fated Kaduna-Abuja train were released by their abductors.