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Week after Abuja-Kaduna train attack, Nigerian Railway Corporation says 168 still missing

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Following the uncertainty surrounding the numbers of passengers and victims of a terrorist attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train which killed eight people in Nigeria last week, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has revealed that it cannot account for 168 people.

NRC managing director Fidet Okhiria said in a statement late on Sunday that 168 people were unaccounted for but did not say if all were passengers or if some NRC staff were among them.

“Intensive work continues on track repairs. More concrete Sleepers were moved to the site while some sections of twisted tracks have been straightened. We remain grateful to the security agencies for all the support. We are very appreciative of Squadron Commander MOPOL 1 Kaduna’s visit to the accident site today.”

” The NRC will continue to update the general public of developments to prevent misleading information and falsehood,” he added.

Slamreportafrica.com reported last week that several passengers on board an Abuja-Kaduna train were feared killed after bandits attacked the train with bombs and IED explosives on Monday night.

Nigeria’s Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi later that week said 398 passengers were on board, although the Kaduna State Government said 362 were validated as having boarded. The minister claimed 41 persons were receiving treatment while the number of missing persons couldn’t be ascertained.

“We don’t have all the figures of missing persons, kidnapped and those injured at the moment but the numbers we have is that there are eight casualties.” The minister said.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, terrorist activities have taken an upward trend in Nigeria since the deadly Boko Haram sect based in North-Eastern Nigeria, which is also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon was founded in 2002.

Some sessions of the media are reporting that relatives of the missing have said suspected bandits had contacted them to say they were holding their loved ones and haggling for ransom before the hostages are released.

 

 

 

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Somali forces, local vigilantes, recapture strategic town from Al-Shabaab terrorists

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The Somali National Army (SNA), alongside local vigilantes popularly called Mo’awisley, on Monday, recaptured the strategic city of Adan Yabaal from the al-Shabaab terrorist group, the military said in a bulletin on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the town located near the border between Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions that comprise Hirshabelle State, which is about 220 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu, is one of the five federal member states of the Federal Government of Somalia, and had been a strategic location held by the al-Qaeda-sponsored extremist group.

The SNA said in the bulletin that it met no resistance from the al-Shabaab fighters who left the town without posing resistance on getting information about the approach of the federal troops.

Al-Shabaab have lost most of the towns and settlements in Hirshabelle State, both Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions, after the SNA and Mo’awisley vigilantes waged offensive wars.

“Mo’awisley vigilantes, who are mainly composed of nomadic herders, took up arms and rebelled against the jihadists’ confiscation of their livestock and illegal tax collection known as zakawaat.

“Over the last couple of weeks, the government forces and the vigilantes have been gradually inching towards the town which they seized on Monday. The town had been under the full control of al-Shabaab for over a decade,” the bulletin said.

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Tanzania President, Samia Hassan, cancels country’s Independence Day celebrations: Here’s why

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Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebrations which was scheduled for Friday, December 9, and has rather directed that the funds that would have been sunk into the celebration should be used to build dormitories for children with special needs.

The organisers of Tanzania’s 61st Independence Day celebrations had presented a budget of $445,000 to the government but the President vehemently opposed the budget and ordered that the money should be used to build dormitories in primary schools around the country.

However, Tanzania’s Minister of State, George Simbachawene, said the money had been disbursed, alluding that the East African country will celebrate Independence Day by having public dialogues on development marked with pomp and state banquets.

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, late President John Magufuli cancelled the celebrations and diverted funds towards the building of a road in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

In 2020, he also cancelled the celebrations and directed that the budget earmarked for it should be used to buy medical facilities.

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