The Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, stated yesterday that four persons died while many sustained injuries in a train derailment which occurred in Jebba, Kwara State.
Nigerian Railway Cooperation’s’ Assistant Director of Publicity, Mr. Rauf Akinloye, made this revelations yesterday. According to him, “Four persons died and others sustained various degrees of injuries. Corpses of the deceased have been deposited at mortuaries within the State Capital and we will commence investigations to reach their families,” Rauf said.
“We want assure the general public of the safety of our trains. Although the crash caused severe damages to a section of the railway, our engineers have begun work at the site. Hopefully, it will be fixed within days.”
But one of the engineers working at site stated that “Train derailment occurs in other climes. But most of these derailments are frequent with either dilapidated train tracks or old trains. To the best of my knowledge, the trains we bought are refurbished trains.
The trains are substandard. How can you explain that a supposedly brand new train would result in brake failure? This is not the first time it is happening. The Government had better do a systematic review of the entire railway corporation and stave off further losses or brace up for more bad news. What if this derailment happened in crowded areas like markets? It would have been fatal,” he lamented.
Meanwhile, The Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, have sympathized with relatives of those who lost their lives in the crash. Governor Abdulfatah described the accident as “Painful and unfortunate.”
The governor, in a condolence message issued in Ilorin on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, wished the passengers who sustained injuries speedy recovery.
Within one year, the Nigerian Railway Cooperation have witnessed incidents involving Jonathan’s trains. Recall that another Lagos bound train from Kano had derailed after it collided with a stationary truck on the rail track. Last month, passengers on the Kano-Lagos route were stranded in Minna, Niger State, after the derailment of a cargo train at Kutuwongi Village in Mokwa Local Government Area.
In December, Hundreds escaped death after a train taking passengers from Ogun State to Apapa in Lagos derailed at the Shina Peters end of Iju. So far, Train derailments in the country is the worst in the world.