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NRC suspends Abuja-Kaduna train services over continued crisis

The escalating
violent Kaduna crisis has forced the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) to
suspend its Abuja-Kaduna route.

The Managing
Director of NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, announced that the Abuja-Kaduna train
services has been suspended till the security situation in Kaduna improves.
Okhiria said in Abuja that the train service was
suspended on Friday because of the safety of the passengers, goods, coaches and
“We decided to stop
the train services yesterday (Oct. 27) because of the curfew and the crisis
situation in Kaduna, passengers cannot go in and out of Kaduna and for the
safety of the passengers and our vehicles we decided to stop the services.
“We will resume
normal operations when the situation in Kaduna state improves and the curfew is
lifted,” he said.
Kaduna State
Government had imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna city and environs due to
violent clashes recorded on Oct. 18 at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local
Government Area of the state.
A fresh crisis
erupted again later in the month over the death of the kidnapped traditional
ruler of Kachia, Dr Maiwada Galadima.
Meanwhile, the
government has relaxed Kachia curfew, Mr Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special
Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, said in a statement on
Aruwan said the
State’s Security Council noted with gratitude the exemplary conduct of the
people of Kachia, who remained peaceful while mourning the loss of a much-revered
He stated that in
recognition of this positive contribution to harmony, the Security Council
directed that the curfew in Kachia be relaxed immediately today, Saturday, Oct.
27, 2018.
He added that
“residents of Kachia are free to go about their legitimate businesses from now
till 5 p.m. today (Saturday).
“Also From
tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, Kachia residents are also free to move from 6
a.m. till 5 p.m.
“The Security
Council advises residents of Kaduna to continue to comply with curfew hours.
“The state
government warns that only persons involved in delivering essential services
will be permitted free passage, as curfew violation is crime that will earn
arrest and prosecution.”
No fewer than 32
persons have been arrested in Kaduna in connection with the renewed violence in
Kaduna metropolis.
Aruwan, announced
this in a statement in Kaduna that the number of arrested persons over the
renewed disturbances was given by the Police at the state’s Security Council
meeting, adding that “these persons will be investigated and prosecuted’’.
Aruwan also said
that within the areas covered by the curfew, “security agencies thwarted
attempts to destroy places of worship in Kawo and Hayin Banki.
“It was also
reported that one person was killed in Kasuwan Magani and another arrested with
a weapon overnight while attempting to burn down the market there.” NAN

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