9 May 2016
Four people are reported to have died in the Jebba railway accident that happened Saturday night. A total of three people were said to have sustained injuries.
The incident has since been confirmed in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of transport, Mr. Sabiu Zakary. The statement said two of the dead people from the accident have been identified and their families notified.
While inspecting the scene of the accident Mr. Zakary said “we were informed when the accident happened and we swung into action immediately, but it is unfortunate that we lost four people while three others sustained injuries. The three injured have been treated and discharged immediately, with Federal Government picking up their bill.
“For the dead, we have been able to identify two of them at the mortuary and we have contacted their families. We will continue to look for the families of the remaining two corpses, once we get them, government will take responsibility of their burial and we will also ensure how their corpses would be transferred to their relations,”.
Zakary went on to condole with the families of the victims and wished those who sustained injuries a quick recovery.
Mr. Abdulraouf Akinwoye, NRC Deputy Director, confirmed the accident to newsmen yesterday, stating that the remaining stock of the train has been recovered and cleared to continue with the journey to Kano.
The train had left Lagos around noon on Friday and was to arrive Kano the next day with about 1,000 passengers on board.