NRC beefs up se­cu­rity on Abuja-kaduna train ser­vice

The Punch - - TRANSPORT - Rasheed Bisiriyu and Mau­reen Ihua-maduenyi

THE Nige­rian Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion says it has taken proac­tive mea­sures to en­sure se­cu­rity of pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on the Abuja-kadunaabuja train.

The NRC in a state­ment signed by its Deputy Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Mr. Yakub Mah­mood, said ad­di­tional se­cu­rity equip­ment and per­son­nel had been de­ployed to check un­civilised and un­pa­tri­otic ac­tiv­i­ties on the train.

A few days ago, there were re­ports of mis­cre­ants ston­ing pas­sen­gers along the Abu­jakaduna rail­way cor­ri­dor. The NRC, which con­firmed the in­ci­dent, how­ever, de­nied the story that the train was at­tacked by rob­bers.

Mah­mood said pas­sen­gers should be as­sured of un­com­pro­mised safety at the rail sta­tions as well as on­board the train.

He said the in­ci­dent was a se­cu­rity threat and a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to dam­age the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s prop­erty which was pro­vided to al­le­vi­ate the trans­porta­tion prob­lems in the coun­try and serve as a source of em­ploy­ment to the peo­ple re­sid­ing in the area.

He said, “The NRC has taken some proac­tive mea­sures through the de­ploy­ment of ad­di­tional se­cu­rity equip­ment and per­son­nel to check these un­civilised and un­pa­tri­otic ten­den­cies

“To this end, the NRC man­age­ment is ap­peal­ing to the youths, par­ents, guardians es­pe­cially the tra­di­tional rulers along the Abuja-kaduna rail­way cor­ri­dor to as­sist in en­light­en­ing their sub­jects to de­sist from ston­ing mov­ing trains in their do­main as the train op­er­a­tions and ser­vices greatly fa­cil­i­tate the so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment of their ar­eas.”

The cor­po­ra­tion said any­one found en­dan­ger­ing the safety of pas­sen­gers would be pros­e­cuted.

The Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Mr. Ro­timi Amaechi, had ear­lier de­bunked the re­port of rob­bery on the train, say­ing there were armed se­cu­rity per­son­nel on each train ride to fore­stall such ugly sit­u­a­tion.

He said, “I saw one fake news that armed rob­bers at­tacked the Abuja-kaduna train, which is not cor­rect. Some Nige­ri­ans fab­ri­cated the story. On every coach, we have armed po­lice­men. How can armed rob­bers at­tack the train? It may be pos­si­ble at the sta­tion, but it can­not hap­pen while the train is mov­ing and they said it hap­pened at Ri­jana com­mu­nity.

“We have pro­vided se­cu­rity to make it easy for those who are trav­el­ling from Kaduna to Abuja to have cheaper and easy form of trans­porta­tion (by rail).”

•L-R: Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Wheels Plus Lim­ited (Kia Mo­tors), Mr. Cyril Og­bekene; Route Com­man­der, Fed­eral Road Safety Corps, Ms. S. M. Am­bisa; and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tors, In­fin­ity Tyre Lim­ited, Mr. Jittu Singh and Mr. Vi­neet Mathur, at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of In­fin­ity Tyre’s re­tail cen­tre in Kaduna...on Tues­day. Photo: In­fin­ity Tyre Lim­ited.

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