Passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train attack Amin Mahmoud, a medical doctor, Chinelo Megafu Chinelo, secretary-general, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Barrister Musa Lawal-Ozigi, a youth leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, were among the dead in the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train tragedy, which occurred Monday night when terrorists detonated bombs that brought the train to a halt.
A politician a medical doctor and a unionist are among the slain passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train attack
Abdul Kofar-Mata, a member of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), was also killed in the incident. Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala, a former deputy governor of Zamfara state, was also attacked. Wakkala was reportedly kidnapped by terrorists, but was eventually recovered by an united team of security officers dispatched to the scene.
After successfully stopping the Kaduna-bound train, the militants reportedly opened fire irregularly and held the stranded passengers hostage for nearly an hour.
At the time of filing this report, about eight of the 970 passengers on board had died, while a large number of others were being treated in Kaduna hospitals.
According to Vanguard, Dr. Chinelo, who worked at St. Gerard’s Hospital in Kakuri, Kaduna, was planning to fly out of the country next week before her unexpected demise. Chinelo took to Twitter, using the handle @nelo x, shortly after the terrorists attacked to tell her followers of the incident. “I’m on board the train.” I’ve been wounded. Please pray for me,” she wrote on Twitter.
On Tuesday morning, the Kaduna state section of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, verified Chinelo’s death. “Nigerian Medical Association, Kaduna state chapter regrets to inform the death of one of her members, Dr Chinelo Megafu Nwando, which tragic occurrence took place yesterday (Monday),” the association said in a condolence message signed by Dr Aisha Mustapha, the branch’s secretary. She was a diligent employee at St. Gerard’s Hospital in Kakuri. May her soul rest in peace, and her entire family find solace.
Farida Sule Mohammed, the daughter of Mallam Sule Mohammed, the Peoples Redemption Party’s national organizational secretary, was also killed in the terrorist attack.
“We have tragically and unfortunately lost Farida Sule Mohammed, the 29-year-old (nearly 30-year-old) daughter of Mallam Sule Mohammed, our affable national organizational secretary, in the banditry attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train yesterday.”
Mallam Falalu Bello OFR, our national chairman, and the father of this fallen heroine are currently at the hospital collecting the body. This is a moment of reflection for the entire PRP family.
“While praying to Almighty Allah to grant her soul eternal rest and to put an end to evil in our country, let us remember this great family in our prayers,” the party’s national secretary, Babatunde Alli, said in a statement.
Passengers’ manifests are mute at the NRC.
Meanwhile, our reporter’s attempts to obtain the passengers’ manifest were futile, as calls and texts to Mahmoud Yakubu, the Nigerian Railway Corporation’s Public Relations Officer, were not returned.
COAS Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya, directed troops of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday to swiftly find the terrorists involved for Monday’s night attack on a Kaduna-bound train.
General Yahaya issued the order while on an inspection visit to the location of the attack.
Lt. General Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, inspected the scene of the Kaduna – Abuja train attack today, March 29, 2022.
On arrival at the scene, the COAS, who was accompanied by some Army Headquarters major staff officers, examined the security situation surrounding the general area of the attack and inspected the attacked train as well as the rail track to determine the extent of damage.
He directed the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to step up their search and rescue efforts to guarantee that the kidnapped individuals are rescued without condition.
General Yahaya also stated that the Nigerian Army is prepared to destroy all forms of insurgency in the country.
He asked residents of the surrounding villages, as well as all Nigerians, to continue to provide credible information to troops so that they can combat criminality head on.