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Abuja-Kaduna passengers stranded as train breaks down in forest

Some passengers were reportedly stranded earlier on Monday a few kilometers away from the train station in Rigasa, Kaduna state.

Technocrat Media Nigeria

KADUNA – Some passengers were reportedly stranded earlier on Monday a few kilometers away from the train station in Rigasa, Kaduna state.

DAILY TRUST reports that the train developed a mechanical problem just about five minutes after it took off from Rigasa. The train was heading for Abuja.

An engineer with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) as pleading with the passengers over the incident was quoted bt the newspaper.

The engineer said they had contacted the train station in Idu in the federal capital territory (FCT) for another locomotive to be sent so that the passengers could be conveyed to their destination.

He pleaded, “We are very sorry, the locomotive is faulty,”.

“We have contacted the Idu Train Station for another locomotive. It would take them two hours to be here.”

According to Midat Joseph, secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the train developed fault around 7:00 am.

“I left my house as early as 5:00 am to join the 6:40am train but unfortunately I have been trapped here in this forest,” Joseph said.

“This is not the first time I will be experiencing this mess.”

Many travelers has resulted to using the train because of high rate of kidnapping on the road between Abuja and Kaduna.

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