Railway authorities speak on death of policeman during Abuja-Kaduna trip

The management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has reacted to the controversy surrounding the death of a police inspector identified as Nambut Selbol during a recent trip from Abuja to Kaduna.

In a statement on Tuesday, NRC management said the policeman, who died on board Kaduna – Abuja train while on escort duty on April 5, got medical attention on board the train.

However, a source privy to the incident disclosed that the officer allegedly complained about chest pain before succumbing.

The incident elicited reactions, with some accusing the NRC of not having medical personnel on board.

Faulting the reports, the NRC said there was a medical doctor on duty in the train when the incident happened.

It added that the official was also assisted by a passenger who is also a medical practitioner.

The statement reads: “The NRC management’s attention has been drawn to publication on various social and mainstream media on the non-availability of medical personnel on our passenger train which allegedly led to the inadequate attention leading to the late police officer’s death onboard Abuja – Kaduna passenger train.

“The NRC management wishes to emphatically inform the general public that we have well trained medical personnel and equipped medical cubicle to attend to any emergency health challenges of our esteem passengers.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the medical personnel on duty was Mariam Abdulai who was assisted by a good Samaritan medical practitioner that happens to be our passenger on board to revive the ailing cop but was in futility.

“The management of the NRC expresses its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family of the late police inspector, Nambut Selbol, who was escort on duty in Abuja – Kaduna train service on that fateful day.”

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