Mon. Mar 20th, 2023

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Sunday visited 12 rescued kidnapped victims, who were abducted from the Igueben train station in Edo on Jan. 7.

Addressing newsmen at the Police Cottage Hospital in GRA, Benin where the rescued victims  had been taken for tests and rehabilitation after the rescue operation, Obaseki said government would  ensure the release of the two remaining hostages.

Obaseki commended the crack team made up of various security agencies in the state, hunters and members of the Edo security network adding that, their gallantry and tactfulness proved instrumental to the success recorded.

He berated the authority of the Nigeria Railway Corporation for failing to provide adequate security at the various train stations after the Kaduna incident.

“After the Kaduna incident, you would have expected that they would secured their facility better.

“For gunmen to have come into their facilities and kidnapped almost 30 people is something that has to be investigated as it does not give confidence to the people that they would be safe using their facilities.

” It is worrisome that the Igueben train station only have one policeman with one rifle guarding the facility even after what has happened in Kaduna,” he said.

The governor, however, ordered the investigation of traditional rulers in the area for complicity.

“I have instructed that the matter should be investigated and any one found to be harbouring people they should not harbour in their domain would have questions to answer,” he added.

A combined team of security operatives in the state on Friday had rescued 12 out of the remaining 14 kidnapped victims from the Igueben train station attack in Edo leaving two still in captivity.

However, the Police said it arrested some of the abductors during the operation, who are now being questioned and assisting the security team to trail their colleagues.

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