#AK9: Resumption of Abuja-Kaduna rail services postponed as lawyers sue NRC, AGF

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) claims to have postponed the planned resumption of rail services on the Abuja-Kaduna route even as some advocates on Friday May 20 sued seeking to halt rail services until adequate protection of citizens from terrorists is ensured.

The postponement, which may be linked to the protest by relatives of those abducted after the March 28, 2022 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna bound train, comes after the NRC is scheduled to resume on May 23, 2022.

Human Rights Lawyers, Femi Falana and Field Marshal Abubakar filed a lawsuit with case number FH/ABJ/CS/22 in the Federal High Court in Abuja, North Central Nigeria , against the NRC, the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Justice and Prosecutor. General of the Federation.

The petitioners described the killing of unarmed passengers on the train bound for Abuja-Kaduna by terrorists on 28 March 2022 as unlawful and unconstitutional as it violates the deceased’s fundamental rights to life guaranteed by article 14 (2 ) (b), 15 (3) (b), 33 and 43 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to Article 33 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Cap A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, everyone living in the country is entitled to the protection of his fundamental right to life.

They sought to have the defendants recruit adequate security personnel and gadgets to protect passengers using the public rail transport system along the Kaduna-Abuja route and in Nigeria as a whole.

They have also sought a court order to prevent the NRC and the Ministry of Transport from resuming rail services on the Abuja-Kaduna route until adequate security is provided.

Lawyers have called for an investigation and prosecution of the respondent officials whose negligence led to the attack on the train.

Responding to the development, Abdulfatai Jimoh Muhammad, Chairman of Relatives of Abducted AK9 Train Passengers, said they were pleased that the NRC had canceled its planned resumption of train services on the Abuja-Kaduna route.

“The NRC should now focus on securing the railroads with surveillance and security gadgets for the safety and security of its passengers when rail services finally resume, while the government and security agencies step up efforts to rescue of abducted passengers,” he said.

HumAngle reported how relatives of abductees accused NRC management of not communicating with them and of setting up a crisis room where a minute-by-minute account of rescue efforts would be relayed.

At least more than 60 passengers remain in captivity nearly two months after the train attack.

On Tuesday May 17, more than 30 commuters were abducted on the Abuja-Kaduna highway in the Katari area of ​​Kaduna State in northwestern Nigeria. Many, including children, were shot and left on the side of the road.

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