Edo State Government has spoken for the first time, since gunmen attacked and kidnapped some train passengers yesterday, January 7, 2023, in Igueben-Ekhen train station. Scores of passengers were forcefully adopted and taken into the forest, while several others sustained injuries in the process.
In a press statement issued today, January 8, 2023, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, said that a combined “team of the Military, the Police, men of the vigilante network and hunters were currently on the heels of the kidnappers that attacked the Igueben train station on Saturday and abducted 32 passengers of which one escaped.”
Nehikhare who gave an update on efforts of the Edo State Government to rescue the kidnapped passengers in Benin on Sunday, said: “At the moment, security personnel made up of the military and the police as well as men of the vigilante network and hunters are intensifying search and rescue operations in reasonable radius to rescue the kidnap victims.
“As at 3pm Sunday, one suspect has been captured and is helping Police with their investigation.
“One victim out of the 32 people kidnapped escaped from the hands of the abductors. We are confident that the other victims will be rescued in the coming hours.”
The Commissioner also said that “the Deputy Governor of the State, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has visited the Igueben Train Station for an on-the-spot assessment of rescue efforts and to throw government’s weight behind the security operations.”
Edo State Government has also condole with the families of the victims for this unfortunate occurrence.
Nehikhare appealed for calm and urged citizens to assist security personnel with information of suspicious movements in and around their neighborhoods, particularly in the area where the rescue operation is taking place.