November 26, 2022

The Kaduna State government says the evacuation of passengers on the trapped Kaduna-bound train from Abuja has been carried out by security forces, officials of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Nigerian Red Cross, Tuesday morning.

The State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, explained that the passengers, who sustained injuries, and other fatalities had been moved to hospitals for immediate treatment.

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

He emphasized that the Kaduna State Government was still liaising with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to get the list from the passengers’ manifest for efficient tracking.

The statement noted that Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who commended all those who participated in the evacuation, appealed to the hospitals to attend to the victims diligently.

It explained that the Governor also directed the Ministry of Health to be in contact with the hospitals, as the government will bear the cost of their treatment.

The statement stated that as of the time of this update, search-and-rescue operations were still in progress.

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