Search is still on going for the 31 train passengers who were abducted from the Tom Ikimi Train Station Igueben in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State on Saturday 7th January.
According to statement of the spokesman to the command, Chidi Nwabuzor, the incident happened at about 4.00pm.
The 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 travellers into the bush.
Further, he stated that soldiers, police personnel and vigilantes are currently tracking the abductors of no fewer than 31 train passengers who were whisked away from the Tom Ikimi Train Station, Igueben, Edo State, on Saturday.
Among the victims are the Manager of the station, Godwin Okpe and head of security of the station, simply identified as Ikhayere and 29 passengers.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Fidel Okhiria confirmed to The Punch on Sunday that security agencies were on the trail of the abductors believed 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.
Nehikhare made this known during a briefing to journalists in Benin City at the Weekend.
During a press briefing to journalists in Benin City on sunday, the Edo State Commissioner for Communications and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, disclosed that the security operatives have arrested one of the suspected kidnappers involved in kidnapping 32 passengers at the Igueben train station. One victim escaped the kidnapper’s den. He added.
He pledged support for security operatives to avert the recurrence of such incidents in the state.
“After 32 kidnapped persons, security operatives and local hunters swung into action, combing the bushes around the environment. One of the kidnapped victims escaped the kidnapper’s den.” Nehikare said.