The Nigerian Railway Corporation has accounted for the safety of 170 passengers aboard the ill-fated Kaduna-Abuja train that was attacked on March 28.
This is even as the corporation's Managing Director, Mr Fidet Okhiria, announced that 21 passengers are still unaccounted for.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Okhiria said that the corporation was collaborating with relevant authorities to ensure safety of the other passengers.
The NRC directror disclosed in the statement that the corporation is, however, collaborating with relevant authorities to ensure safety of the other passengers.
”The Corporation, in continuation of its concerted effort through repeated calls, has been able to confirm the safety of 170 passengers, while 21 passengers are reported missing by the relatives who made calls to us.
”The corporation is seriously collaborating with the security agencies who had already swung into action, in line with the directive of Mr President to do everything possible to rescue all those that are still missing,” he said.
Okhiria stated that the corporation had also heavily moved human and material resources to the accident site to ensure resumption of train services without further delays.
He said the move was to reduce the stress currently faced by its passengers in getting to their destinations.
He said, "In practical terms, a high powered restoration team, led by Directors have been working round the clock to re-rail the coaches affected by the bomb blast.
”There is a co-ordinated two-pronged simultaneous restoration approach. While Loco 2702 with re-railment and restoration materials departed Idu Station, Abuja, to the bomb blast site.
”Another team with Loco 2502 departed Rigasa Station, Kaduna, with re-railment and restoration materials to the same site.
”I am happy to inform you that as at the close of work on the 1st of April 2022, Coaches SP00004, SP00009, SP00012, SP00013 have all been re-railed and safely taken to our Rigasa Station in Kaduna.
”Restoration of track for full resumption of normal train services will continue today, 2nd April 2022.”