The Edo State Police Command has released a statement confirming that several passengers waiting to board a train from the Igueben station (Chief Tom Ikimi Rail Station) in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri in Delta State were kidnapped by herdsmen on Saturday evening, at about 4.00pm.
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This is coming barely a year after a Kaduna-bound train from Abuja was attacked at Katari in Kaduna State, on March 28, 2022 with several passengers kidnapped, killed and wounded.
Punch reported that the Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident in a statement.
The Statement read;
“This is to inform the gentlemen of the press that today, 7th of January, 2023 at about 1600hrs, unspecified number of herdsmen armed with AK 47 riffles attacked the train station at Igueben, Edo State and kidnapped unspecified number of passengers who were waiting to board the train to Warri.
“The kidnappers who shot sporadically into the air before kidnapping some passengers left some persons with bullet wounds. The Area Commander Irrua, DPO Igueben Division, and men have visited the scene of crime with members of the Edo State Security Network, local vigilantes, and hunters with a view to protecting the lives and property of the remaining passengers.
“Bush combing operations have commenced in order to rescue the victims and arrest the fleeing kidnappers. Further developments will be communicated”, Nwabuzor stated.
Nnamdi Maduakor is a Writer, Investor and Entrepreneur
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