No Life Lost In Lagos Train Accident, Says NRC

No Life Lost In Lagos Train Accident, Says NRC
NRC Managing Director, Mr Freeborn Okhiria

 

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has faulted the claims that a life was lost in the train derailment that occurred at the Mangoro/ Agege area of Lagos State.

Managing Director of NRC, Mr Freeborn Okhiria, confirmed to Channels Television in an interview that nobody died in the incident.

“There are over 100 people in that single coach; if it was a road vehicle, you know what could have happened,” he said.

“As I speak, we just have only one person that was injured which we have taken care of him.”

The train was said to be coming from Ijoko area of Ogun State and heading to Ebute Metta in Lagos before the incident happened in the morning.

The accident occurred when one of the train coaches reportedly fell off the rail track while in motion, causing another coach to derail.

 

According to witnesses, there was tension among passengers on the train who struggled to escape through the windows of the affected coaches.

Mr Okhiria insisted that no life was lost and the only person injured has since been treated.

He added that a lot of things used to be involved in a train accident and the Accident Investigation Team of the NRC has launched a probe into today’s incident to unravel its cause.

Explaining how the accident happened, the NRC boss said, “We have about four trains every morning and the first one was coming, made up of 11 coaches.

“Eight passed and on getting to the ninth one, it derailed and one fell down and dragged the other two. Before a train leaves a station, there is a train examiner who must check to ensure that it is fit to go and once a trip is finished, it is re-checked. It was checked this morning.”

Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

NRC Declares Free Train Service For Commuters

NRC, TrainThe management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has declared free train service for all commuters across the country.

The Managing Director of the NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria, made the announcement on Wednesday in Rigasa, Kaduna State in Nigeria’s northeast region.

He said the free train service, which would last for two weeks, would enable Nigerians know that the corporation was fully set for commercial services.

Speaking after inspecting the railway facilities put in place by the corporation, Mr Okhiria advised Nigerians to de-congest the highways.

He urged them to embrace the use of train services for the transportation of goods and passengers.

Complementing the NRC boss’ appeal, the project supervisor at the construction site, Mr Lv Feng, assured all commuters of safety and efficient service.

Three Feared Dead In Jebba Rail Accident

Rail-Accident-JebbaThree persons have been killed in a rail accident in Jebba Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State in northern Nigeria.

Several other persons were also reported to have sustained various degrees of injury in the Kano-bound train involved in the accident.

An eyewitness said that the last coach of the 12 coaches suddenly detached from others, causing the accident.

“There was no way to inform or stop the coaches in front due to the panic state of the travellers in the detached coach,” the eyewitness explained.

The eyewitness also said that the rescue team from the Nigerian Railway Corporation arrived to assess the damage and remove the coach which had derailed.

The Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr Fidet Okhira, explained that the government was working hard to change the old narrow gauge to a modern standard one to forestall future occurrence.

He added that the coach that was involved in the accident was not a passenger coach but a carrier one, stressing that those that died could not be passengers, but persons that had hidden inside the coach meant for luggage.

Nigerians Remember June 12 Election Annulment

june 12Nigerians in some states of the federation marked the June 12 election annulment, which has become one of the most significant dates in the nation’s political history.

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the controversial annulment of what is believed to be one of the freest and fairest elections ever conducted in Nigeria.

On June 12, 1993, many Nigerians believed they were at the threshold of witnessing the completion of a political transition from military to democratic governance, with the conclusion of the presidential election.

Results released showed business mogul and philanthropist, Mr Moshood Abiola, who ran on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) clearly in the lead and on the verge of emerging victorious.

But the final results did not see the light of day, as then Military Ruler, General Ibrahim Babangida, made a shocking announcement that the election had been annulled.

Nigerians reacted with street protests, nationwide strikes and civil disobedience.

The resultant crisis eventually forced Babangida out of office, handing over to a short-lived interim government lead by Ernest Shonekan, who was overthrown by General Sani Abacha on November 17.

General Abacha later had Chief Abiola jailed for claiming his mandate. Chief M.K.O Abiola died in detention on July 8 1998.

However, the anniversary of the presidential election is held every year mostly in the south western part of the country, Chief Abiola’s home region.

There have been calls from some quarters to have the day immortalised as Democracy Day in Nigeria, but the government has upheld May 29 as the nation’s Democracy Day.

Political Scientist, Lawyer Debate Whether Nigeria Should Mark June 12

Democracy in Nigeria has always generated mixed reactions; the proponents, those “against” and the indifferent ones. This mixed grill continues as regards the day that should be call “DEMOCRACY DAY”.

While the various schools of thought continue their debates, one is forced to ask if these dates are necessary for the benefits of democracy to be seen by all.

In this episode of Faceoff, a sociologist, Sam Olisah, advises that Nigerians should forget the events of June 12 1993 and move on with their lives while a lawyer Onyekachi Ubani opposed this view insisting that being the foundation of democracy, Nigeria should revisit the election that was adjudged freest and fairest in Nigeria.

New NRC law: Hang on train, face suicide trial

Illegal passengers caught hanging or sitting on train coach risk trial for attempted suicide and imprisonment, the Nigeria Railway Corporation has said.

The Assistant Director, Public Relations, NRC, Mr. David Ndakotsu, who disclosed this, said the corporation was collaborating with law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute defaulters.

He said that their officials would be deployed in all rail stations especially along the Lagos-Ogun axis where the disorder was rampant, to ensure enforcement.

“There are measures put in place. There is a five-year-old law that prohibits anybody from hanging and standing on train coaches; it allows their arrest and prosecution. About 23 of those arrested are being tried for attempted suicide because what they did was suicidal.

“Passengers must obtain their tickets to allow them sit in the cabins; that is only when insurance can cover them. However, it is unfortunate that these lawbreakers usually join a moving train just after it departs a station.” he said.

Currently, 23 of of such illegal passengers are standing trial.

 

Train kills passenger, injures another

Two separate accidents linked with the Ijoko-Lagos mass transit trains (MTT) service of Nigeria Raiway Corporation (NRC) have left a passenger dead and another badly injured.

The accidents occurred on Monday morning when passengers rushed to board moving and overcrowded trains at the Agbado train station. One of the passengers was crushed by a moving train during the rush while the legs of another were broken.

Eyewitnesses disclosed that the victims slipped and fell off while trying to board the moving train.

Regular train passengers blamed the accidents on overcrowding and attitude of passengers who blocked the entrance of the coaches, preventing other passengers from getting onto the train.

An NRC official at the station disclosed that the incidents have been reported to the NRC headquarters at Ebute Meta for proper action.

Reports say the crushed body of the dead victim was pulled out from the wheels and placed beside the rail track, while the man with a broken leg was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Earlier, the railway police command had warned passengers against hanging on moving trains, saying that offenders would be charged with attempted suicide.