Over 100 passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train are stranded in Dutse, Kaduna, after the train developed faults a few minutes into the journey.
After departing Kaduna’s Rigasa Station, the train developed a mechanical fault.
The train stopped twice before reaching Dutse, where it finally broke down.
Assistant National Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Midat Joseph, one of the passengers, said the train developed a fault around 7 a.m.
“I left my house at 5:40am to catch the 6:40am train, but I got stuck in the forest. “This is not the first time I will have to deal with this mess,” he said.
An additional passenger reported a similar experience on Saturday, saying they spent six hours getting to Abuja.
It is unfortunate that this has happened. We traveled five hours from Abuja to Kaduna on Saturday. “We left Abuja at 6:pm, but we didn’t arrive at Kaduna until 11:pm,” he said.
The NRC engineer told the passengers that they would need two hours to fix the train.
“We are very sorry, but the locomotive is faulty.”. The Idu Train Station has been contacted for another locomotive. The trip would take them two hours, he said.