A hundred and forty-six passengers out of the 362 passengers on board the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train are still missing after about six days of the attack.
Mr. Fidet Okhriria, The Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation, made this known in a statement. However, he said the number of safe passengers had also risen to 186. He further said that 51 phone numbers on the manifest have remained unreachable and 35 though reachable are without responses from the other end.
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Okhriria further notes that 60 phone numbers on the manifest were non-existent. The NRC boss also said that 22 persons have been reported missing by their relatives and eight persons have been confirmed dead
Read his statement below:
“51 phone numbers on the manifest are either switched off or have not been reachable since Tuesday morning and 35 phone numbers on the manifest are ringing, but no response from the other end. 60 phone numbers on the manifest when called, responded non-existent.
The statement is aimed at updating Nigerians on the ongoing development regarding the clearing of the incident site (recovery of the rolling stock, repairs of the track) and status of Passengers that were onboard the AK9 train of Monday, March 28.
Of the 362 validated passengers on board the attacked AK9 train service on March 28, 186 persons on the manifest are confirmed to be safe and at their various homes (additional 14 persons confirmed safe today).
Two coaches (SP 00016 and SP 00017) earlier re-railed have safely been moved to Rigasa Station.