Passengers groan as vandalised tracks disrupt Lagos-Ibadan train movement

Passengers groan as vandalised tracks disrupt Lagos-Ibadan train movement

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Passengers were left fuming on Saturday after the activities of vandals halted train movements along the Lagos-Ibadan Railway section.

Eyewitness said that one of the trains, which departed the Obafemi Awolowo Train Station in Ibadan at 8:30am on Saturday was forced to stop by Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti at the Papalanto area as a result of the damage done to some components on the railway tracks by suspected hoodlums, The PUNCH reports.

A passenger, who is a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Dr Feyi Leo, said that she was struck with fear just like other passengers when the train stopped.

According to her, another train coming from Lagos was also forced to stop in the opposite direction and the two trains continued the journey after the damaged section got fixed.

She said, “The trip was smooth and we had gone past the station at Abeokuta and moving towards Papalanto when the train stopped and it reversed some few meters.

“We were agitated and started asking questions. An announcement was made by the NRC official onboard that their technicians were fixing a fault on the track and that it would not take long.

“True to their word, we left after 20 minutes of stoppage. But I was afraid while the whole thing lasted because of the materials on my laptop. There is no backup and it would have been a huge loss if anything had happened to my laptop.”

Another passenger, who identified himself as Promise said the temporary stoppage caused panic but said there were armed security agents on board the train and with the technicians who fixed the damaged track.

It was gathered that a similar incident happened two times in January and the trains were forced to stop for about 35 minutes before they continued on their journey.

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