21 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers still missing – NRC

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The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has said 21 passengers are still unaccounted for following the attack on an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train about a week ago.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation, Fidet Okhiria, made this known in a statement obtained on Monday.

Okhiria added that one hundred and forty-six of the 362 passengers on the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train are unreachable six days after the train was attacked by terrorists.

He, however, said the number of safe passengers had risen to 186.

Okhiria said 51 phone numbers on the manifest are either switched off or unreachable since Tuesday morning and 35 phone numbers on the manifest are ringing, but no response from the other end.

The statement reads in part:

“From the last press release, we confirmed that 4 No. Coaches (SP 00004, SP 00009, SP00012, and SP000I3) out of the 11 No. Coaches involved in the incident have been rerailed and safely moved to Rigasa Station while work is ongoing on track repairs. We did also state that 170 of the passengers on-board the train are safe while 21 passengers are reported missing,” the statement read.

“At the end of work today (02/04/2022) the NRC’s restoration team has further reralled four (4) more coaches and two (2) of the coaches (SP 00007 and SP 00013) had been safely moved to Idu and Rigasa stations respectively, the other two (2) coaches are still at the site due to damaged tracks.

“This brings the total coaches so far rerailed to 7 No. but only 5 No. successfully moved to the stations. However, efforts are on to link the track. At the moment, a total of 80 meters of the affected section has been fixed including replacement of affected sleepers and twisted rails”

According to the NRC boss, two more persons have returned home, taking the number of safe passengers to 172. He said attempts are being made to reach the remaining numbers on the manifest.

“Once again, the Corporation deeply condoles with those who lost loved ones and pray for the repose of the lost souls,” he said in the statement.

“We equally sincerely sympathise and empathise with our injured passengers and indeed everyone on board the AK9 train of Monday 28th March 2022 for the trauma this unfortunate incident has caused you.”

Okhiria also lauded security agencies for their cooperation and support following the attack.

 




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