Some passengers were stranded a few kilometres away from the train station in Rigasa, Kaduna State. The train was reported to have developed a mechanical problem just about five minutes into the journey, after it took off from Rigasa.
It was gathered that the train was heading to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory when the fault developed.
Cable News gathered that an engineer with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) pleaded with the passengers over the incident.
“We are very sorry, the locomotive is faulty”, he said.
“We have contacted the Idu Train Station for another locomotive. It would take them two hours to be here.”
The engineer according to the report 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 transported to their destination.
The newspaper also quoted Midat Joseph, secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), who said the train developed fault around 7:00 am.
“I left my house as early as 5:00 am to join the 6:40 am 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 passengers shuttling between Abuja and Kaduna use the train because of the rate of kidnapping on the road.
The train is still preferred by passengers who go to Abuja from Kaduna and vice versa because it seems to be cheaper and safer.
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Government is encouraging commuters to patronise the railway system as a means of transportation to various destinations. Some commuters who expressed their concerns over this development are asking for the way forward in case of another break down such as this, the long time of waiting for another locomotive to arrive and the measures being put in place to avoid regular break down of trains.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently commissioned the $1.5 billion 157-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway project to be used for commercial purposes in Lagos and environs.
In July 2016, the president inaugurated the 186-kilometre Abuja-Kaduna rail and last year September, he also flagged-off the 326-kilometer Warri-Itekpe rail project.
The president explained that from the inception of his administration, railway infrastructure development has been given the priority it deserves and various mileposts have been touched.