The Edo State Government has disclosed that one of the assailants that attacked a train station where scores of passengers were abducted on Sunday morning has been arrested by joint operation of police, vigilante and local hunters.
The State Commissioner for Communications and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, while briefing journalists in Benin City said that one out of the many persons who were kidnapped at the train station has escaped from the kidnappers.
He said: “After an estimated number of 32 persons were kidnapped, the Police, vigilante, and local hunters swung into action, combing the bushes around the vicinity. One of the kidnapped victims was able to escape.”
Nehikhare added that: “The Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has visited the scene of the attack for on-the-spot assessment and was told that one of the suspects was arrested and he has been helping the police with investigation to arrest other fleeing members of the kidnapping gang.
“We congratulate the Police and other security agencies for their swiftness in attending to the security threat. We appreciate the local hunters and members of the Edo State Security Network as their collaboration assisted in this operation. This synergy led to the success recorded in a very short time.”
“We hope this is the last time we will have such an attack on government infrastructure, especially train stations here in Edo State. Our security network was swift to react to the incident and we condole with the families of the victims. We will give necessary support to the security agencies, vigilantes and local hunters who are on the trail of these kidnappers,” he added.
News Point Nigeria report that, the police in Edo State confirmed scores were kidnapped after some terrorists attacked passengers waiting to board a train from the Igueben station in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri, in Delta State.