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Gunmen Storm Edo Train Station, Abduct Many Passengers



The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnapping of sever passengers, who were waiting to board a train from the Igueben station in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri in Delta State, by men suspected to be herdsmen.

According to the police, the incident which took place on Saturday evening also resulted to some passengers sustaining bullet wounds.

Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said this in a statement while briefing news men.

He noted that, the abductors, armed with AK 47, invaded the train station and shot sporadically into the air, to scare the passengers, before abducting many others.

“This is to inform the gentlemen of the press that today, 7th of January, 2023 at about 1600hrs, an 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 the 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,” the police said.

The statement assured that operatives were on the trail of the abductors in order to rescue the victims, saying “bush combing operations have commenced in order to rescue the victims and arrest the fleeing kidnappers. Further developments will be communicated.”