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Edo Train Attack: Abductors Demand 620m Ransom, 20m For Each Passenger

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Suspected herdsmen who kidnapped 32 train passengers in Igueben Area of Edo State, have contacted the families of the abductees, demanding a ransom of N20 million each.

The kidnappers, it would be recalled, attacked the train station and whisked away passengers, waiting to board the train to Warri in Delta State.

Disclosing the demand for ransom, Comrade Benson Odia, Executive Director Esan Youth for Good Governance and Social Justice, said the Kidnappers had made contact with some families of the abducted victims, demanding N20 million for each victim.

He described their demand as absurd, calling on authorities to intensify efforts in rescuing the abducted persons.

“I can tell you that the kidnappers have demanded N20 million, totalling N620 million. This is absurd and I don’t know where poor people will be able to raise that amount of money”, Odia lamented.

The State Government had earlier said that six victims, out of the 31 initially kidnapped have been rescued. These includes, a 65-year-old man, a nursing mother with her baby, a 6-year-old girl and two siblings; aged two and five years old.