Saturday, June 12, 2021

Lagos-Kano train derails again


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Barely a year after the Lagos-Kano train derailed, the cargo section of the passenger train travelling from Lagos to Kano on Saturday got detached from the main body and  later derailed in Osogbo, Osun state.

Similar accident occurred at Jebba in May 2016 after brake failure.

News Agency of Nigeria learnt that the three wagons  attached to the end of the passenger train got detached from the rest of the coaches at Ifon area of Osun at about 1:45am.

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The pilotless wagons lumbered to the interchange at the terminus around Old Garage area in Osogbo where the wheels got off the track and  the wagons tumbled.

A witness, Biodun Opatoyinbi, told NAN that only one Mr Yakubu popularly called Baba Ibeji, a train conductor was  in the cargo area. He was unhurt.

Mr Opatoyinbo said the train driver was later stopped at Offa in Kwara State.

He said a man who attempted to offload the goods in the stranded wagons has been arrested and detained by the Nigerian Railway corporation policemen .

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Iyabo Ogundele also told NAN that the train conductor had been taken to the hospital for proper medical checkup.

Ms Ogundele said a building close to the rail track at the interchange terminal was also damaged.

An official of the NRC from Ibadan declined comments when approached.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps , Babawale Afolabi, told NAN that NSCDC officers were keeping watch over the three wagons.

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