The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has confirmed that a technical hitch experienced on the Abuja-Kaduna train route on Wednesday evening was due to vandalism.

Vandals removed track fastening clips, causing the derailment at Asham Railway Station in Kaduna State.

In a statement signed by Yakub Mahmood, the Deputy Director of Public Relations, it was revealed that the removal of these clips led to the derailment, leaving many passengers stranded. “This minor hitch is attributed to the removal of track fastening clips by vandals. However, the NRC Management remains resolute towards ensuring the safety of our valued passengers in the entire system,” Mahmood stated.

Despite the incident, all passengers on board were safely returned to Abuja. Mahmood reassured passengers that their tickets would remain valid for a subsequent journey within two weeks. The NRC management apologized for the inconvenience caused and reaffirmed its commitment to passenger safety.

Due to the derailment, the first train from Kaduna (Rigasa) scheduled for 08:00 hours on Thursday, June 6, 2024, was canceled. However, all other train services were set to run as scheduled. “NRC Management deeply regrets the inconveniences that this technical hitch might have caused our esteemed passengers,” Mahmood added.

The NRC management strongly condemned the act of vandalism and emphasized its efforts to prevent future occurrences. The corporation is taking measures to enhance security and ensure the integrity of the railway system, aiming to provide safe and reliable services for all passengers.





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