Kaduna State government has approved the disbursement of N18 million to families of nine persons killed aboard the ill-fated Kaduna-Abuja train attacked by terrorists.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mr. Muhammed Mukaddas.
According the KADSEMA secretary, the El-Rufai led government made the approval on April 19 where N2 million each will be disbursed to the families of the deceased in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.
This is coming some days after the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) donated N50 million to the Kaduna State Government for onward transmission to the victims.
Mukaddas also said that governor had approved the disbursement of N250, 000 each to 22 persons severely wounded during the train attack.
The KADSEMA executive secretary said that the donation was not to compensate the victims, but to support them.
He said that as a humanitarian agency, its mandate was to be amongst first responders during emergencies of all nature.
“369 victims were called and offered opportunities for psychological support, 264 persons accepted the offers and were supported,” the executive secretary added.
Mukaddas recalled that when the incident occurred, the agency immediately alerted senior government officials and then called on relevant stakeholders to join the search, rescue and evacuation mission, including security agencies.
“We secured ambulances and busses for evacuation and moved to the scene. Before arrival, the military had commenced evacuation, we, therefore, evacuated the dead bodies and a few severely wounded victims and one person that had escaped captivity.
“We deposited the dead at the 44 NARH and others at St. Gerald’s hospital for treatment. We set up a crisis center which availed families of the victims to call for enquiries and also provide relevant information about their missing relatives,” he said.
Mukaddas further said that the agency collaborated with the ministry of health to settle the medical bills of the victims as well as ensured drugs and consumables were supplied to both 44 Nigeria Army Reference and St. Gerald’s hospitals.
The Kaduna-Abuja train attack happened on March 28, 2022 at Katari, Kaduna State, where no fewer than eight passengers died with several others sustaining injuries while a yet to be ascertained number of others were abducted.