NRC to resume Abuja-Kaduna Rail service tomorrow
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) will resume the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train service tomorrow, with only two return services. The announcement was contained in a statement sent to The Guardian yesterday, by the Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria.
The statement shows that the first train will depart Rigasa train station in Kaduna State to Abuja by 8:00am, while from Abuja, the first train will depart Idu train station to Kaduna State by 9:45am.
The NRC management also revealed that as part of the new security measures, it is now mandatory for passengers to present their National Identity Number (NIN) and valid Boarding Ticket before they will be allowed to board. He added that the purchase of tickets by proxy is only limited to minors and a specified number of adult passengers.
“Online and mobile app ticketing will be available from 8:00am on today, December 4, 2022, while the ticket offices at the train stations will open from 6:30am tomorrow.
Recall that the NRC suspended train service along the route after terrorists attacked a moving passenger train in Kaduna on March 28, 2022.
The insurgents had blown up the rail track and bombed the moving train, killing some and abducting more than 60 passengers. The unprecedented attack attracted international and national outrage.
The terrorists, who attacked the Kaduna-bound train released hostages in tranches with the last release coming on October 5, 2022.
Before the hostages were completely released, distraught family members had protested several times to demand the release of their loved ones.