HSENations reports that the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has revealed modalities it has put in place to provide safety of trains and passengers that travel along the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service (AKTS).
The Manager, AKTS of NRC, Mr. Paschal Nnorli, revealed this to newsmen in Abuja.
Nnorli pointed out a clause in the 1955 Railway Act that established the NRC which covered the protection of lives and property.
“The command is usually headed by a Commissioner of Police with six or seven area commanders. On this corridor which cuts across FCT, Niger and Kaduna, there are three police divisions in Idu, Kubwa and Rigasa.
“Aside that, any train you see on this corridor is having at least 15 armed policemen and you know these trains stop at the stations.
“There are some plain-clothed policemen deployed recently by the Inspector-General of Police, including Police Mobile Force units. We also have DSS personnel attached to us for intelligence gathering.
Nnorli went on to state that the NRC is in collaboration with the Nigerian military to ensure safety for all concerned.
“Again, we are in synergy with the military who sometimes use helicopters to escort our trains when they have information of security threat.
“At Rigasa in Kaduna town, we have the army on ground very near to our station, so it will be extremely difficult for anyone to attack the train,” Nnorli said.
He therefore assured passengers of “adequate security” in trains while also thanking them for their patronage.
“We wish to use this medium to inform our passengers that adequate security arrangements are in place on all our trains.
“We thank the security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police and the Military, for their support toward securing our train service.
“Our passengers are appreciated for their trust and continuous patronage; we want to assure them that safety and security remains our priority,” he said.