The administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai has approved the payment of N18 million to the families of nine people murdered in a terrorist attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train.
Muhammed Mukaddas, the executive secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), made the announcement in Kaduna on Wednesday.
El-Rufai gave his consent on Tuesday, he said, adding that the governor also authorized the transfer of N250,000 to each of the 22 people who were critically injured in the train attack.
The donation, according to the KADSEMA executive secretary, was made to support the victims rather than recompense them.
“369 victims were called and offered opportunities for psychological support, 264 persons accepted the offers and were supported,” he added.
On behalf of the Nigeria Governors Forum, the Ekiti governor and chairman announced an N50 million contribution to the victims through the state government during a condolence visit.
On March 28, bandits assaulted an Abuja-Kaduna train at Katari, Kaduna State, killing no fewer than eight passengers, injuring numerous more, and abducting an unknown number of others.
The attack followed the attack on the Kaduna airport, which resulted in the closure of the airport.