A beggar travelling on top of train to the north from Lagos was crushed to death in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, after falling from the moving train.
The deceased who had a deformed hand, according to one of the train passengers was moving from one coach to the other and hanging on the train, apparently to dodge officials who were checking tickets.
“The train resumed its journey after a brief halt at the Ilorin station and the man had alighted and began running along and attempted to board it. He slipped and fell through the gap between the platform and the train and was crushed to death instantly,” eyewitness said.
Reacting to the incident, Ilorin station manager simply identified as Mr. Godwin said the deceased was responsible for his own death, adding that the Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC) was not liable.
“I received a call from the level crossing keeper, telling me that somebody fell from the roof of the train and I rushed there in company of the station’s Divisional Police Officer, DPO, to see what the situation was. He is actually an Almajiri, a one-handed man, who had no ticket.
“The unfortunate thing is that despite repeated announcements in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba that no one should hang on the train, someone still took the risk. He had no ticket; the corporation cannot be held liable for his suicide act. The corpse has been taken to a mortuary,” he said.