JUST IN: Railway suspends operations over fear of terrorist attack

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended the Lagos-Kano and Ajaokuta train services due to fear of terrorist attacks.

According to sources in the Ministry of Transportation and the NRC,  due to incessant cases of attack on the ministry, the train services would not resume until the security along the Lagos-Kano route and the Ajaokuta train station was guaranteed.

It was also gathered that the NRC suspended services at the Ajaokuta station along Warri-Itakpe route because of the attack on some passengers by gunmen on Monday.

Speaking on the services along the Warri-Itakpe route, he stated, “We have not stopped (services), rather what we said was that we are not going to be stopping at the Ajaokuta station.

“This is because yesterday (Monday), while passengers were leaving the station with their private cars and buses, they had people shooting at them. So we said we will not stop there again for passengers.

“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.”