Gunmen invade Edo train station, abduct scores of passengers

David Adenekan
David Adenekan
Gunmen invade Edo train station, abduct scores of passengers

An unspecified number of travellers waiting to board a train from Igueben Station in Igueben local government area of Edo State to Warri in Delta State, were kidnapped on Saturday by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

The kidnappers also left many other passengers injured.

The incident came about ten months after some terrorists attacked a Kaduna bound train from Abuja, leaving many people dead.

The Saturday incident was confirmed by the Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, in a statement he issued.

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He explained that the kidnappers who were armed with AK 47 invaded the train station, shot into the air sporadically and kidnapped some of the intending passengers.

According to the police spokesman, some of the intending passengers sustained bullet wounds.

He however said efforts had already commenced toward rescuing the victims.

The statement by the police spokesman reads: “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.”

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