NBTE director killed in Abuja-Kaduna train attack


A Director with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Abdu Isa Kofa Mata, was killed during the terrorist attack on Abuja- Kaduna train on Monday night, March 28.

According to a family source, who confirmed the development, said they are awaiting the arrival of the 55-year-old corpse from Kaduna. He added that the father of five will be buried in Kano by 4.00pm on Tuesday.

WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that suspected terrorists detonated a bomb on the rail track of an Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday evening.

This publication also reported that two cleaners and workers of the attacked Abuja-Kaduna train identified as Loretta and Abdul, reportedly lost their lives and their corpses deposited at St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in Kaduna.

Maiwada Dammallam, a friend to Kofa Mata , said they both communicated on Monday morning, before the ill-fated journey.

Read his post below:

“Allahu Akbar! Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un! I was just told about the shocking death of Abdu Isa Kofar Mata (Gigi Kofar Mata). He’s among the victims killed in yesterday’s train attack by bandit between Katari and Rijina on the Kaduna/Abuja road

“The last I communicated with him was yesterday in the morning, 7:23am to be precise. We were both unaware that by the close of the day, he will be another statistic on the eerily consistent and persistent list of unnecessary and avoidable victims of insecurity in Nigeria. Insecurity is one of the areas we regularly discuss with Gigi.

“His passion and concern for a sustainable solution to the seemingly unsolvable problem of insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the North stood him out as a constructive critic and public affairs analyst.

“His intelligent perspectives were just as enriching. We had as much reasons to disagree as we had to agree on numerous issues yet, we remained the best of friends to the end. It’s not unexpected that each of our mutual friends that I reached out to confirm his demise burst out in tears. Quite a devastating tragic event.

“My sincere condolence to Gigi’s family, his physical and virtual friends. May Allah SWT in HIS infinite mercies grant him Jannatil Firdau.”



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