WorldStage Newsonline– The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its resolve at securing the release of the remaining 43 Abuja-Kaduna train passengers held captive by the terrorists, pleading that it should be giving more time to secure their release.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Mu’azu Sambo while addressing families of the victims of the ill-fated March 28, train attack on Monday in Abuja said “The government has not been sleeping from the enquiries I have made. There are some things you do not say in public, but I want you to give me time.”
The families of the victims led a peaceful protest to the ministry demanding the release of their loved ones on Monday.
”Let me resume properly in this office and I promise you, this will be the first issue I am going to tackle by the grace of God,” the Minister assured.
The minister then requested for details of contacts, names, addresses and telephone numbers that he could reach them with.
He promised that he would be in constant engagement until every single person in captivity regained freedom and was reunited with their families.
Sambo further disclosed that a Situation Room would be created to constantly keep the families abreast of efforts by the government to secure the release of the remaining victims.
On March 28 suspected bandits attacked the last evening train, AK9 on the Abuja – Kaduna Train Service with explosives.
This led to the death of some passengers and destruction of the train and track.
Due to the level of damage on the track and in honour of those that lost their lives, the Railway Corporation suspended train operations and is yet to resume on the affected route.
There were 11 coaches on the train, which is made up of four SPA Coaches with 56 sitting capacity per coach and seven SP Coaches with 88 sitting capacity per coach.
Thus, the total sitting capacity of the train is 840. The Train Manifest contained 362 validated passengers aboard it.
The Federal Government has repaired all affected parts of the train and coaches; and the tracks have also been restored.