Why Terrorists Struck At Edo Train Station, Abducted Passengers – Witness

Some eyewitnesses on Sunday revealed that the kidnappers that attacked a sub-station of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in Igueben, Edo State and abducted over 30 passengers and staff on Saturday, succeeded because the train station was not protected by security men.

This came as Edo State Government confirmed that at least one of the kidnappers had been arrested by security men and hunters in the area.

No fewer than 30 passengers and staff of the NRC were kidnapped on Saturday by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen, while those who escaped abduction sustained bullet wounds.

Following the attack, NRC announced closure of Ekehen-Igueben (officially known as Tom Ikimi) Station in Edo State till further notice.

Checks reveal that the station is usually left unguarded by mainstream security agents. Sometimes, only railway guards are found in the facility.

Speaking on the development, the Liaison officer to the local government area, Best Oseh, said security agencies and paramilitary organisations were combing forests in the area for clues.

He said: “As I speak, people are in the field all over the place, vigilantes, security agencies and other people, everybody is concerned but we have to be careful with what we divulge so we don’t jeopardize the processes we are doing.”

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