The Nigerian Railway Corporation has given reasons for the derailment of the train from Lagos to Kano on Saturday.
The reason was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman of the NRC, Mahmood Yakub, on Monday.
The statement said: “The Board and management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation wish to inform the general public, especially our valued passengers on board Lagos to Kano-bound Express passenger train derailment, involving two baggage vans, which occurred at kilometre 463-464 Bode Sadu- Jabba Section in Western District of the Corporation on Saturday, 26th February, 2022, though, without any causality, as a result of vandalisation of railway track.
“In fact, the train has already arrived Kano, while our Team of Engineers are at the site to ensure restoration of the affected portion of the track as soon as possible.
“Only last Monday, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Engr. Fidet Okhiria held a Press Conference at the NRC headquarters Lagos to intimate the press, among other key operational issues, on the alarming rate at which critical infrastructures of the NRC, especially the track on both Narrow and Standard Gauge Railway Lines are being wantonly vandalised by unscrupulous elements, thwarting the efforts of the Federal Government Rehabilitation and Modernisation of the entire Railway system.
“During the occasion, he enjoined the media to sensitise and enlighten the general public on the dangers associated with track vandalisation of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, which is now seriously compromising the safety of our critical infrastructures and passengers as well, by way of accidents.”
Okhiria emphasised that any culprit apprehended must surely face the full wrath of extant law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said the management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation highly sympathised with the passengers on board for the untold inconveniences the accident might have caused them.