Monday, March 28, was a tragic day for Nigerians as some bandits attacked a Kaduna-bound train and killed some passengers. The terrorists bombed the Abuja-Kaduna rail track, causing the train carrying hundreds of passengers to derail. They started shooting sporadically after forcing the train to stop, killing at least eight passengers and 26 people injured. So many passengers are unaccounted for as the manifest showed that over 300 people were aboard the ill-fated train.
Here is a brief profile of four people who have been identified among those who died in the attack:
1. Dr Chinelo Nwando
Dr Chinelo Nwando was working with St Gerald Hospital in Kaduna.
Aisha Mustapha, the secretary of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kaduna state branch, who confirmed Chinelo’s death said she was supposed to travel to Canada on Friday before the gruesome attack claimed her life.
2. Barrister Musa Lawal Ozigi
Barrister Musa Lawal Ozigi was the Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Nigeria. His death in the train was confirmed by the president of the TUC, Comrade Quadri Olaleye.
3. Comrade Akinsola Akinwunmi
The TUC chairman in Kwara state, Comrade Akinsola Akinwunmi, was killed in the train attack. Comrade Olaleye who also confirmed Akinwunmi’s death said the two were travelling to Kaduna for an engagement which was supposed to happen on Tuesday, March, 29.
4. Abdu Isa Kofar Mata
Abdu Isa Kofar Mata before the train attack which claimed his life was the director of board the of technical education. His younger brother Mukhtar said he died from gunshots, adding that Mata’s death has left the family devastated. The deceased was described as someone who was always ready to help others who need assistance.