For the umpteenth time, hundreds of passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train service were stranded in the bush recently after the train developed a fault minutes after leaving Rigasa Station in Kaduna State. Daily Trust examines the recurring breakdown of the Abuja-Kaduna train.
Passengers claim that the train had initially stopped twice before it finally broke down in Dutse, Kaduna State, around 7 am.
This left many passengers worried and panicking, especially with the activities of bandits and other criminals who could take advantage of them being in the bush to conduct their nefarious activities.
Daily Trust recalls that months before this recent breakdown, on January 4, 2021, precisely, the train had broken down as it was returning from Kaduna.
The train, which was on the morning schedule from Rigasa, Kaduna, to Idu, Abuja, broke down around Akere – a rural area within the route.
It took the engineers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) three hours to fix the faulty locomotive to the detriment of the passengers.
Similarly, on November 24, 2020, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, was forced to apologize to Nigerians for the breakdown of the train which occurred between November 18 and 20.