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Gunmen attack train station, kidnap passengers

Many passengers have been kidnapped from the Igueben rail station in Edo State.

The passengers were kidnapped as they were planning to board a train from Igueben Rail Station in Igueben Local Government area of Edo State to Warri, Delta State.

In a statement, the spokesperson of the State Police Command, Mr Chidi Nwabuzor, says many other persons were also injured during the attack.

Mr Nwabuzor notes that the gunmen, who were fully armed with AK 47, invaded the train station and shot sporadically into the air before whisking away scores of intending travelers into the bush.

He however assures Nigerians that operatives are on the trail of the abductors to rescue the kidnaped victims.

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 the crime with members of the Edo State Security Network, local vigilantes, and hunters to protect the lives and properties of the remaining passengers.”

Mr Nwazor called on the public to always be security conscious and also feed the police with necessary information on the whereabouts of the kidnappers.

He promised to update the public details of further developments on the situation.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Julian Osamoto