Reps to Investigate Train Mishaps in Nigeria 

Gloria Essien, Abuja

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The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Transport and other relevant committees to investigate the incessant train mishaps leading to the loss of lives and property in Nigeria.

This was a sequel to a motion by a member from Akwa Ibom state Mr Unyime Idem, at plenary.

The lawmaker recalled the train accident in the Kubwa axis of Abuja in January this year which claimed the life of the staff of the Nigerian Television Authority, as well as the recent incident in Lagos where a moving train rammed into a BRT bus claiming about six lives and leaving many others injured.

“On March 28, 2022, an Abuja – Kaduna train was attacked, and many Nigerians lost their lives; while others were either injured or abducted.

“Warri – Itakpe train derailed in Kogi forest, leaving not less than 300 passengers stranded barely a month after about 20 passengers were abducted from a train station in Igueben, Edo State.

He expressed concern that despite the unfortunate trends, which were allegedly due to the carelessness of some individuals, no one had ever been held to account.

Idem noted that unfortunate incidents are occurring very often because not much seems to be done to forestall their occurrence.

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau to investigate the causes of the various train incidents.


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