Vandals hit Lagos-Ibadan rail track, disrupt movement

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Train movement on Lagos-Ibadan railway track corridor was temporarily disrupted on Saturday due to the removal of some components by hoodlums.

Passengers on board the train which departed the Obafemi Awolowo Train Station in Ibadan at 8:30am were said to have been forced to stop somewhere before Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti train station at Papalanto area of Ogun State as a result of the incident.

One of the passengers, Dr Feyi’ Leo, a lecturer at the confirmed the temporary disruption of the train movement.

She said that fear gripped her and other passengers, when the train was forced to stop.

Leo said the train coming from Lagos to Ibadan was also forced to stop in the opposite direction.

She added that the two trains continued their journey after the damaged section was fixed.

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

“We were agitated and started asking questions. An announcement was made by the NRC official on board 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,” she said.

Another passenger, who identified himself as Promise, said, the temporary stoppage caused panic on board the train.

He, however, added that there were armed security agents on board,and technicians, who quickly fixed the damaged track.

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