Contrary to the low patronage recorded on the Lagos-Ibadan standard guage free train service between Monday and Wednesday, passengers besieged Iju Station on Thursday to enjoy the ride to Ibadan.
The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the train service on Thursday, observed that the number of passengers outnumbered available seats in the train.
NAN reports that a sizeable number of intending passengers had been waiting since 11:00 a.m for the train billed to depart Lagos for Ibadan at 4:00pm.
Before 3:00 p.m., huge crowd of intending passengers had gathered at the station and filled all the available seats in the train with two executive coaches.
Confusion arose when those, who had earlier in the day registered their names to travel with the train, returned few minutes to 3:00 p.m. to discover that the train had been filled up to capacity.
Many more intending passengers started to troop into the station and begging the officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation to allow them stand in the train.
When the entire station was about to be thrown into confusion, the NRC officials had to bend the rule of not allowing people to stand.
The NRC officials were overwhelmed and allowed some few other intending passengers to go with the train that left Iju Station at exactly 4:00 p.m. for Ibadan.
Saheed Olabode, one of the intending passengers, who came after the train had been filled up, begged the official to allow him in, saying that he was coming from Lekki area to enjoy the ride.
NAN reports that several other persons came to the station for enquiries on the train movement on Friday.
The officials were already expressing fears on how to cope with the number of passengers on Friday being a weekend.