Oyogist.com has learned that the Nigeria Railway Corporation has stopped services on the Abuja-Kaduna route and confirmed that part of the train track around Rijana and Dutse in Kaduna State was blasted with explosives on Wednesday.
Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria, who confirming the blast , said that services on the route had to be halted in order to carry out thorough investigations on the matter.
Okhiria said that there was a blast on the facility which ruptured the track, forcing the corporation to halt operations.
“There was an explosion but until the team that is investigating the matter comes with its report we cannot confirm whether it is a bomb or not. But there was a blast.
“Operations have been stopped for today in order to do proper inspection and we hope that before the end of the day we would have done the needful.”
Okhiria, however, refuted claims of gunshots aimed at the train driver and the tank of the train.
“There was nothing like that. Only an explosive that went up on the track. Are you aware that we even ran a train service this morning?” he stated.
The NRC boss added, “There was nothing like shooting or the train by bandits. Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure full train services are restored along that route.”