Hundreds of passengers on the Nigerian Railway Corporation’s train route from Kaduna to Abuja were trapped in the bust on Monday, June 28 after the train encountered technical failure minutes after departing Rigasa station in Kaduna state.
The train reportedly stopped twice before breaking down at 7 a.m. near Dutse, Kaduna state, according to a passenger.
Paschal Nnorli, the Abuja/Kaduna Train Service Station Manager, confirmed the incident in a statement, saying the train broke down as a result of engine failure but another locomotive had been sent to go as a rescue facility.
“It is true that our first train service this morning broke down in Kaduna but it was due to a mechanical failure that happens to machines generally,” he told Punch.
Nnorli added, “However, the important thing is our ability to respond and come to the rescue. We sent a rescue locomotive and as at about 10am I was told that the locomotive had arrived at the location.”
Last year, the Minister of Transportation engine Rotimi Amaechi had assured that locomotives on the Abuja-Kaduna rail route that have broken down up to two times will be returned to China.
He said, “It is worrisome that these locomotives that are brand new are failing,” Amaechi said during an inspection in Lagos.