On Monday, passengers travelling from Kaduna to Abuja on the Nigerian Railways train service were trapped in Dutse in Kaduna after the train carrying them broke down due to a mechanical failure. NRC officials at the Abuja/Kaduna station confirmed that the train had a mechanical failure within a few minutes after the two and a half hour journey.
It is understood that the train departed from Rigasa station in Kaduna and stopped twice on the way before reaching Dutse, where it was finally packed. While the service operator claimed they sent rescue engines to quickly pick up the passengers, some passengers claimed it took around three hours to be moved out of the area.
“I rushed to the terminal to join the 6.40am train on Monday and after the train left the Rigasa Station and moved for only few minutes it stopped,” a passenger who simply gave his name as Haruna, said.
He added, “I don’t think the train had moved for up to 10 minutes before it eventually packed up around Dutse in Kaduna. And this happened after it had stopped twice. I suspect that those stops were also due to faults.”
Paschal Nnorli, the manager of the Abuja/Kaduna Railway Station, further confirmed the malfunction, saying that the train was crowded with people due to a mechanical malfunction.