By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, on Friday confirmed that some miscreants on Tuesday hauled stones on the Abuja-Kaduna train, even as it debunked stories making the round that the train was attacked by robbers.
The Corporation’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, Mr Yakub Mahmood, insisted to reporters that there was no gunmen attack on the train, “but an act of stoning by miscreants’’.
His words, “There was an incidence of miscreants along Abuja-Kaduna railway corridor who engaged in an unwholesome act of stoning our passengers’ trains, as against the unsubstantiated and purported media report of attack by gunmen.
“The does not constitute security threat to the operation of the train service. It is a deliberate attempt by unpatriotic individuals to damage federal government’s asset and property.
“These properties are provided to alleviate the transportation problems of Nigerians, besides being a source of employment to the people residing in the environment.”
Mahmood assured passengers on Abuja-Kaduna train services that their security and safety would not be compromised.
He pleaded with the youths, parents, guardians and especially the traditional rulers along Abuja-Kaduna railway corridor to assist in enlightening their subjects to desist from stoning moving trains.
Also refuting the story, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, argued that it was impossible to rob the train since there were security personnel on board.
“I saw one fake news story that robbers attack the Abuja-Kaduna rail line. This is not correct. Nigerians on their own fabricates stories,” the minister told newsmen in Abuja on Friday.