Kaduna State Government has released the passenger manifest for the Abuja-Kaduna train that was attacked by bandits around Kateri-Rijana area of the state.
Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack
KanyiDaily had reported how a train heading from Abuja to Kaduna was attacked by terrorists who opened fire on over 970 passengers on board, killing some and whisking away unspecified number of people on Monday night, March 28.
A medical doctor identified as Dr Chinelo Megafo had been confirmed as one of the eight persons killed in the attack, while many others were injured and several unaccounted for.
In a statement on Wednesday, Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan said 398 passengers bought tickets for the trip, but 362 passengers boarded the train according to the manifest.
Aruwan revealed that the document confirmed that 8 dead bodies were recovered, while 26 were injured, with several of the passengers still unaccounted for as search operations were said to be ongoing.
He, however, noted that the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) explained that the passenger manifest does not include NRC staff and security officials who were on board.
The statement reads, “The Kaduna state government has received from the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), the detailed passenger manifest for the Abuja-Kaduna train service AK9 which was attacked by terrorists on Monday.”
“According to the documents received, 398 passengers bought tickets for the trip, but 362 were validated as having boarded the train through the recognised turnstile.
“The passenger manifest does not include NRC staff and security officials who were on board.
“Furthermore, security agencies have reported that eight bodies were recovered and 26 perons injured during the attack.
“Investigations are still ongoing to ascertain the status of the passengers who were on board the train and remain unaccounted for at the time of this update. Search operations are also being sustained.
“Citizens are requested to contact the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency on the phone line 09088923398, to make enquiries or provide information regarding passengers who were on board the Abuja-Kaduna train AK9. Further updates will be communicated to the public.”
Names Of 398 Passengers On Abuja-Kaduna Train
KanyiDaily had reported that a lady identified as Hannah Ajewole, whose wedding is slated for next month, has been declared missing in the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train.