No fewer than fifty-two cows were crushed to death by a train along Kasarami – Jere axis in Chikkun Local Government Area in Kaduna State, the police have said.
The Commissioner of the Kaduna State Police Command, Malam Ahmad Abdulrahaman denied reports that the cows were killed by other means.
Abdulrahaman said the cattle were crushed to death at about 11:45 this morning by a speeding train going to Abuja from Rigasa Railway Station.
The Commissioner also explained that the 27 cows that sustained injuries were slaughtered by the chief butcher of Kasarami village.
Abdulrahaman said no human casualty was recorded, adding that “When the information of the accident reached the command, I quickly mobilised our men to the scene to assess the situation”.
The Commissioner of Police described the accident as pathetic, noting that the herdsmen were moving to Funtua Local Government in Katsina State.
“They innocently inquired on whether there were rail services on Sunday, but were misinformed that there was none.
“I have summoned the traditional rulers of the area, youths and farmers on the need to continue to live in peace and to avoid crossing the rail track indiscriminately with farm produce and animals.
Abdulrahaman added that a similar meeting will hold with officials of the railway corporation on how to avert such an accident in future.
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