Soldiers, police, and vigilantes track the perpetrators of the Edo train attack

Soldiers, police officers, and vigilantes are currently on the lookout for the abductors of 31 train passengers who were kidnapped on Saturday from the Tom Ikimi Train Station in Igueben, Edo State.

Among the victims are the station’s manager, Godwin Okpe, and the station’s head of security, simply identified as Ikhayere, as well as 29 passengers.

Ten months ago, bandits attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train service, killing 14 passengers and kidnapping 65 others. They were released after being held captive for months and paying ransoms.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Fidel Okhiria, confirmed to The PUNCH on Sunday that security agencies were on the hunt for the abductors, who were thought to be armed herdsmen.

He said, “The police, vigilante and Army are all after the people in the bush; that’s all I can say. There are certain things that we need to clear before we issue a statement.”

The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, also affirmed that efforts were ongoing to rescue the abductees.

“We will give necessary support to Edo State Police command and Railway Police Command on the rescue of the abducted victims; efforts are being intensified to rescue them and arrest the culprits,’’ he assured.

When asked about the nature of support being given to the state command, Adejobi simply stated, ‘’Support is support. It’s a security matter’’ and declined further comment.

The PUNCH, however, gathered that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, had dispatched police special squads, including the Intelligence Response Team and Anti-Terrorism Squad to Edo State to rescue the victims.

The squads, it was gathered, would complement the efforts of the police in the state.


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