Edo Train Kidnap: Police Rescue 2 More Victims -Edo Govt

Edo Train Kidnap: Police Rescue 2 More Victims -Edo Govt
  • …Says officer who died during rescue operation, was not fell by bullet

By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City 

The Police in collaboration with other security agents have rescued two more kidnapped victims  of the Igueben train station’s kidnapping operation, bringing the total number of rescued victims thus far to nine. 

Recall that on Saturday January 7, 20 passengers waiting to board a train at the Igueben station, Edo state were kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers and whisked them into the bush. 

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, who disclosed this  during an update on train passengers Kidnapped, said the two victims were rescued in the early hours of Thursday. 

“Two more victims of the Igueben train station has been rescued, 20 passengers were kidnapper, nine victims have been rescued while  11 are still in captivity” 

Nehikhare added that the Kidnapped magistrate, Mrs Precious Aigbonoga, who was kidnapped on January 9, has been rescued by the security team in collaboration with hunters and vigilante. 

“The Magistrate was rescued on January 12 and she is with her husband. But we lost a police officer, DSP Adams Michael 34, but he didn’t died during rescued operation or fell by bullet during cross fire. He died after the rescue operation through natural course.

“The Police said he went to the operation and came back successfully and there was no bullet wounds on him”. 

He said the deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, the Police Commissioner and other security agents have  paid condolences visit to the deceased police widow and his two kids. 

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation also said the magistrate was not shot during the rescue operation as reported in the media and she is not in the hospital but with her husband. 

“The operation to rescue all the victims unhurt is still ongoing and we will not allow kidnappers to have a camp in Edo” 

He further appealed to the media to always verify information from the police to get authentic report rather than relying on social media.