The Nigerian Railway Corporation ( NRC) has announced that with effect from May, train passengers across the country, will be required to produce their National Identification Numbers (NIN), before traveling to their various destinations.
The Managing Director of the corporation Fidet Okhiria disclosed this on Thursday in a statement.
TheFact Nigeria reports that this development is coming on the heels of the ill- fated AK9 Abuja- Kaduna bound train that was attacked on 28 March by terrorists.
The NRC explained that the NIN would be needed to enhance profiling of passengers.
“The process of linking Passengers profile to their NIN for improved profiling is on-going. This layer of passenger screening will commence by May 2022.
“The Abuja – Kaduna Train Service (AKTS) will resume as soon as possible with additional security measures put in place.
He added that,“The Security agencies are working tirelessly to ensure the rescue and release of our Passengers abducted by the Bandit during the attack.
“However, the status of the 362 passengers and 20 Train Crew on board remains the same as at our 6th Press Release.
“While we continue to sympathize with families of those who lost or have not seen their loved ones as a result of the AK9 Train incident of 28th March 2022, we encourage anyone still looking for a loved one and has not reported to please contact the numbers below: 08033546208, 08060044600 and 07066700150.
“The NRC expresses it profound gratitude to the security agencies for the continued support, especially for the security cover availed our officials and staff at the incident site,’’ Okhiria stated.
The Engineer said the NRC has re-railed the last rolling stock affected in the attack.
“The Corporation has now re-railed the last rolling stock today. This means that all 14No. de-railed rolling stock (i.e. 11No. Coaches on the ill-fated AK9 rake and 2No.
“Coaches and 1No. Locomotive on the Rescue Train) has all been re-railed and moved from the incident site to the Corporation’s Stations in Idu and Rigasa.
“Intensive track repair works continued at site. An advanced level of track repairs has been achieved and hopefully to be rounded off in the 10 days”, he said.