By Ononye VCThe Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that about eight persons have been confirmed dead and 41 others hospitalised in the recent attack on the Kaduna bound train.Amaechi made this known while inspecting the scene of the attack.“We don’t have all the figures of missing persons, kidnapped and those injured at the moment.“The numbers we have is that there are eight casualties. There are about 41 persons in different hospitals and the total number of passengers who got tickets are 398.“So, we have to wait on the security, the Kaduna State government, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation. They are all trying to make contact with those on the manifest.”There are few persons who are not on the manifest like the staff of the NRC, staff of the cleaning contractor, they are not on the manifest and we may not be able to completely account for them but those on the manifest, calls are being made to reach them,” Amaechi said.On the security equipments, he said, “The process is tedious, the approval is also tedious, we have not been able to get that approval that will lead to purchase of those items.” If those items were here, drones alone will tell you that there are people around the rail tracks because there are drones, there are equipment that pick sensors if you touch the track.”But unfortunately the process has not been able to get us that approval for us to import those items.So for me, I am devastated and I honestly don’t know what to tell Nigerians anymore. The cameras in the train cannot pick what is happening outside. What you need is a camera that shows 100 metres away from the train, that there are unknown persons carrying gun.”Then, we can take precaution, but we have done all we need to do in the ministry of transport and we have forwarded to them for approval but we have not gotten approval.


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