BREAKING NEWS : Fear as Gunmen abducts many passengers from Edo train station
Numerous people waiting to board a train from Igueben, in the Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State, to Warri, in Delta State, have been abducted by suspected armed persons.
Numerous additional travelers sustained gunshot wounds as a result of the incident, which took place on Saturday night, January 7, 2023.
The incident was confirmed in a statement by Chidi Nwabuzor, the public relations officer for the Edo Police.
According to the statement, the assailants entered the train station brandishing AK-47s and fired randomly into the air before kidnapping a large number of would-be travelers and taking them into the wilderness.
Assuring that operatives were on the trail of the kidnappers with the goal of rescuing those who had been herded into the bush, the Command noted that many of the passengers had suffered gunshot wounds.
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.
This happened on March 28, 2022, just over a year after terrorists attacked a train traveling from Abuja to Kaduna.
The Abuja-Kaduna train attack claimed the lives of about 14 passengers, while 63 more were reported missing.
The blame game between the federal government and state authorities began shortly after the incident.
Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, claimed that he previously warned the federal government not to run trains at night. Chibuike Amaechi, the minister of transportation, claimed that he had previously asked for security equipment.
Following the terrorist incident, the NRC ceased operations for its train between Abuja and Kaduna.
On Tuesday, March 29, the NRC made its decision public in a succinct statement on Twitter, citing “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for its suspension of operations along the route.