One dies as Lagos-Kano train derails in Kaduna

A train travelling from Lagos to Kano derailed on Thursday at Farin Ruwa, near Jaji in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing the driver in the process.

Spokesman of the northern regional district of the Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC) in Zaria, Abdullahi Alhaji, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria.

According to Alhaji, Bala Kawu, the driver of the train, died during the incident as the cargo train was conveying soft drinks to Kano.

He said the incident happened as a result of vandalisation of the slippers and other accessories of the rail track in the area.

Alhaji said rescue efforts are currently ongoing to recover the remains of the deceased to salvage the situation for the train to continue its journey to Kano.

Terrorists have in recent times targeted the Kaduna rail track. On Monday, a passenger train carrying over 300 persons was attacked.