One hundred and forty-six of the 362 passengers on the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train are still missing six days after terrorists attacked the train.
This is according to Engr Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation.
Okhiria, in a statement circulated on Monday, however, said the number of safe passengers had risen to 186 from the over 300 aboard the train.
He said some contacts have been switched off or unreachable since Tuesday morning, and 35 phone numbers on the manifest are ringing, with no response from the other end.
”The statement aims to update Nigerians on the ongoing development regarding the clearing of the incident site (recovery of the rolling stock, repairs of the track) and the 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 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.
”This brings the total number of recovered Coaches and safely moved to NRC Stations to be seven. Intensive work continues on track repairs. More concrete Sleepers were transferred to the site while some sections of twisted tracks have been straightened.
”We remain grateful to the security agencies for all the support. We appreciate Squadron Commander MOPOL 1 Kaduna’s visit to the accident site today.
”NRC will continue to update the general public of developments to prevent misleading information and falsehood,” Okhiria said.
Terrorists had bombed the Abuja-Kaduna rail tracks and attacked a train filled with passengers on Monday night.
The NRC suspended train operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route following the attack indefinitely.