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Insecurity: NRC Suspends Lagos-Kano, Ajaokuta Train Services

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation has suspended the Lagos-Kano and Ajaokuta train services over fear of terrorist attacks.

The suspended services at the Ajaokuta station along Warri-Itakpe route as a result of the attack on some passengers by gunmen on Monday, August 1.

The Lagos-Kano train services were suspended because of the high level of insecurity in Niger and Kaduna states, which are the routes of the train heading to Kano from Lagos.

The NRC Managing Director, Fidet Okhiria, said the NRC has not stopped services along the Warri-Itakpe route entirely, rather it will not be stopping at the Ajaokuta station for the foreseeable future.

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“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.”

He added that apart from the Abuja-Kaduna route, the corporation had also suspended services on the Lagos-Kano route because of security concerns.

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