[ICYMI]NRC suspends Warri-Itakpe train service after derailment

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

The Nigerian Railway Corporation has suspended Warri-Itakpe train services due to the poor condition of the track from Ujevwu in Delta State to Itakpe in Kogi State.

This was disclosed in a notice sent to customers, indicating that the agency planned to resume operations on Monday, July 8, 2024, according to The Punch.

According to the NRC, the suspension, effective from Friday, was attributed to an obstruction on the track.

“We shall resume our normal train services on Monday 8th July 2024. Passengers who already booked their tickets online will be refunded,” it noted.

One of the coaches of a train travelling from Itakpe in Kogi State to Ujevwu in Delta State derailed around 7:15 pm on Thursday as it approached Abraka rail station.

Passengers allegedly enjoyed a comfortable voyage until reaching a place near Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.

Frightened passengers jumped through the doors while the train was decelerating, causing the derailed coach to drag the remaining coaches along with it, according to sources.

Meanwhile, no casualty was recorded.

Recall that the Federal Government recently started e-ticketing services for the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri rail routes in October of last year, with the goal of revolutionizing the way passengers book and pay for train tickets by eliminating the need for physical tickets or cash transactions.

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