Scores of passengers waiting to board a train from the Igueben station in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri in Delta State were on Saturday evening kidnapped by suspected herdsmen.
The Edo Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident in a statement, while also revealing many of the travellers were injured.
Nwabuzor noted that the abductors, armed with AK 47, invaded the train station and shot sporadically into the air before abducting intending travellers into the bush.
The police added that many of the passengers sustained bullet wounds and assured that operatives were on the trail of the abductors, aiming to rescue the victims.
The statement read, “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”, Nwabuzor stated.
Recall this is coming barely a year after terrorists attacked a Kaduna-bound train from Abuja, at a place called Katari in Kaduna State which resulted in the death of about 14 passengers and 63 officially abudcted.
via: Information Nigeria