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El-Rufai Offers To Pay Medical Bills Of Victims In Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack

El-Rufai Offers To Pay Medical Bills Of Victims In Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack 

According to the Kaduna state administration, the passengers were evacuated from several remote forest areas.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

The victims trapped on the train assaulted by terrorists on Monday, March 28, 2022, have been evacuated.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, March 29, 2020, the Kaduna State Government confirmed the news.

Several people were hurt in an attack on a Kaduna-bound train carrying more than 900 passengers.

Megafu Chinelo, a young medical practitioner, was one of the victims and has been declared dead.

Chinelo, who was injured by a bullet, asked Nigerians to pray for her in a tweet shortly after the tragedy.

However, many of the people who replied on her tweet mocked her, with some even demanding proof that she was shot.

The government of Kaduna State, on the other hand, claimed in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, that it would cover the costs of passengers injured in the attack.

The passengers were rescued from various difficult-to-reach woodland places, according to the state authorities, and those who incurred injuries were taken to hospitals.

The statement reads: “Evacuation of passengers on the trapped Kaduna-bound train from Abuja has been concluded this morning by security forces, officials of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Nigerian Red Cross.

“Passengers who sustained injuries, and other fatalities, have been moved to hospitals.

“The passengers were evacuated from different hard-to-reach areas in forests and rocky locations in Audujongom, off the Kaduna-Abuja Road.

“As stated yesterday, the Kaduna State Government is still liaising with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to ascertain the list from the passengers manifest for efficient tracking.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai who commended all those who participated in the evacuation appealed to the hospitals to attend to the victims diligently.

“The Governor also directed the Ministry of Health to be in contact with the hospitals as government will bear the cost of their treatment.

“As of the time of this update, search-and-rescue operations are in progress.”

In the meantime, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has temporarily halted service between Abuja and Kaduna.

Due to unanticipated circumstances, the NRC has decided to halt operations along the route.

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