A train using the Warri-Itakpe line derailed on Sunday, forcing services along that route to a halt.
“Warri Itakpe Railway Service WITS 01 derailed at km 30 of the Ajaokuta-Itakpe section of the track at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2023.”
Rail Service Coordinator, Engineer Sanni Abdulganiyu said in a statement communicated in the report.
Fortunately, there were no deaths or casualties.
We were immediately alerted and security personnel included;
The army, police, NSCDC and community security forces were immediately mobilized to the scene of the accident with the help of the local government chairman.
According to him, 148 passengers and 30 crew members were evacuated to safety.
He noted that arrangements were made and the passengers were then successfully transported to their destination.
The cause of the derailment has yet to be determined. Due to this incident, service along the corridor has been suspended.
Details will be communicated to members of the public. Repairs and operations will resume as soon as possible,” he added.
Edo train attack: We paid 2 million naira to release my sister
Relatives of one of the victims of the Edo train abduction said his family paid 2 million naira for his sister’s release.
This is contrary to the statement of the Edo State government and security agencies that no ransom has been paid to secure the release of the 20 kidnapped people.
The family member, who identifies himself as Favor, from Ebudin in the central Esan local government area of the state, claims his family paid N2 million to secure the Elder sister’s release.
Favor did not specify who paid the ransom, but confirmed the money had been raised to free his sister, who was among the first 12 to be rescued.
“It’s really not easy for us,” she said. The person kidnapped is my older sister, who lives in Warri, Delta State, with her family.
It was hell for everyone in the house; I am not myself but I have to thank God that they were delivered.
“The kidnappers called my brother, they contacted him.
They demanded a ransom of 20 million naira but my brother told them we don’t have much money.
And even though the government did something to free them, we gave the kidnappers 2 million naira and I thank God they were released.
“My sister was released last Sunday; my brother went to Benin to take her home.