The Federal Ministry of Transportation has confirmed that the Abuja-Kaduna train services will commence operations ‘soon’.
Transportation Minister, Mu’azu Sambo, disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abuja.
This announcement is coming barely 48 hours after the 23 remaining victims were released by the terrorists.
The terrorists attacked Abuja-Kaduna train passengers on March 28, 2022, kidnapping 168 passengers and killing eight passengers.
Reacting to previous questions as to when the train services would resume operations, the minister said it would have been so insensitive to resume operations knowing full well that both the victims and their relatives were going through trauma.
He said: “I have told the press that we will rather stop the rail service than lose the life of a single Nigerian.
“We could not resume with a clear conscience. Knowing the kind of trauma that both the victims and their loved ones were going through, we felt that it was not appropriate to resume rail services.”
Sambo said to resume train services, certain security measures had to be put in place to forestall a recurrence, noting that these measures included long- and short-term plans.