IGP & Gov Obaseki

Eben Enasco Reporting.

The Combined efforts of the Security Operations in Edo State seem to be yielding the right results after a suspect involved in the Igueben train station attack is reportedly arrested.

A statement released hours after the incident by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, revealed that a combined team of the Military, the Police, men of the vigilante network, and hunters are currently on the heels of the kidnappers suspected of attacked the Igueben train station on Saturday and abducted 32 passengers.

Nehikhare, in the statement, disclosed that the outcome of the Chase got one of the abducted victims to escape from his abductors.

A confidence Commissioner Nehikhare who gave an update on efforts of the Edo State Government to rescue the kidnapped passengers in Benin on Sunday, said intensifying search and rescue operations in a reasonable radius are being put in place to rescue the kidnapped victims.

He appealed for calm even as he urged citizens to assist security personnel with useful information on suspicious movements in and around their neighborhoods, particularly in the area where the rescue operation is taking place.

In the meantime, the Federal Government has condemned the attack on the Ekehen train station in the Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was earlier reported that at least thirty-two travelers waiting to board a train from Igueben to Warri, in Delta State, were abducted and several others injured on Saturday evening when suspected herdsmen attacked the train station.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident on Saturday night, said suspected herdsmen, who were armed with AK-47 rifles, invaded the train station and shot sporadically into the air before herding an unspecified number of intending travelers into the bush.

However, A statement issued on Sunday, by Henshaw Ogubike, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation, described the incident as an ugly situation that would be responded to promptly.

In a similar response, the Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, on Sunday shut down the train station in Edo State following the abduction of the 32 train passengers who were waiting to board a train at the weekend, citing growing security challenges in the area as the reason for the decision.

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