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NBTE director, medical doctor, unionists, lawyer confirmed dead in Abuja-Kaduna train attack, former deputy governor injured

NBTE director, medical doctor, unionists, lawyer confirmed dead in Abuja-Kaduna train attack, former deputy governor injured

Names of those felled by terrorists’ bullets in the Kaduna-Abuja train attack have begun to trickle in.

The death of eight passengers has been confirmed so far as search and rescue efforts continue.

The victims include the secretary-general of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria, Barrister Musa-Lawal Ozigi and Kwara State Chapter chairman of the TUC, Akin Akinsola.

President of TUC, Quadri Olayeye, in a statement on Tuesday, said the deceased were on their way to Kaduna for an official assignment slated for Tuesday, March 29.

The statement said Ozigi served in the capacity of general secretary, Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA), an affiliate of TUC for almost two decades before he joined the Congress in 2012.

Also, the death of Tibileri Mosugu was confirmed. He was said to be the son of popular Dr. Samuel Mosugu, SAN, who’s the Otaro Igoli Udeji III, of Osobane, Ogori.

A director at the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), a Kano indigene, Abdul Isa Kofar-Mata was also killed in the train. His death was confirmed by his close friend, Ibrahim G. Maryam.

Sources also said that out of 15 patients brought to St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in Kaduna, two had been confirmed dead, including a lady medical doctor with the hospital, Chinelo Megafu.

Megafu, a member and patron of Parcelmedico, graduated from the University of Port Harcourt and was employed at St. Gerald Hospital in Kaduna.

A former deputy governor of Zamfara State, Ibrahim Wakkala, also sustained gunshot injuries in Monday’s train attack.

An aide to the former deputy governor, who confirmed the report, told Channels Television that Wakkala, who was returning from the APC National Convention, was shot during the gun battle between the terrorists and the military.

Yusuf Idris, the spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, said the ex-Deputy Governor was initially abducted by the terrorists during the attack and was successfully rescued by the combined forces of DSS and the Military.

He said: “He was initially abducted but was rescued by the DSS and military, it was during the process he sustained a gunshot injury in the leg. He is very okay now, he is receiving treatment at a hospital in Kaduna State.”

Also, the managing director of Nigeria’s Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Ali Hassan, has been confirmed as one of the passengers abducted by bandits after they successfully blew up the train and immobilised it.

NigerianSketch had earlier reported that the terrorists used cars to move the kidnapped persons away.

A former federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani, on Tuesday, said the terrorists abducted a “white man” and killed several others.

He also said the terrorists targeted the Business Class coach of the train.

He said: “I just spoke with a survivor, who is a civil servant working with a public Library, she narrated that the terrorists specifically targeted the business class coach. They kidnapped some persons including a white man and killed those who resisted, while she pretended to be dead.”

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