Terrorism

Operatives Rescue 12 Victims Of Edo Train Station Attack

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Twelve more victims of the Igueben Train Station attack have been rescued by a combined team of security operatives, making it 18 out of 20 so far rescued. 

This was disclosed by the Edo State government in a statement electronically made available by Chris Osa Nehikhare, Commissioner for Communication and Orientation.

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He said having rescued 12 more out of the remaining 14 victims, the remaining two have been whisked away by the abductors amid frantic efforts by the security team to rescue them.

“The victims were rescued when the security team tracked and intercepted the abductors in their hideout.

“The security operatives were tactful in their approach to ensure that no life was lost in the operation.

“During the encounter with the abductors, 12 of the victims were rescued, while some of the kidnappers were arrested. However, a few of the kidnappers escaped with 2 of the hostages.

“The security team is getting the needed support and encouragement to ensure the rescue of the two remaining victims,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has visited the rescued victims who are receiving medical attention at the Police Cottage Hospital in GRA, Benin City, with a reassurance that the remaining two hostages would be rescued.

“Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who has been on top of the situation since the unfortunate incident occurred, has visited 12 rescued kidnapped victims, and reassured that government will leave no stone unturned in securing the release of the 2 remaining hostages.

“The governor visited the rescued victims at the Police Cottage Hospital in GRA, Benin City, where they had been taken for tests and rehabilitation after the rescue operation.

“The governor was joined on the visit by heads of security agencies and other government functionaries.

“The governor hailed the crack team made up of various security agencies in the state, hunters and members of the Edo State Security Network, noting that their gallantry and tactfulness proved instrumental to the success recorded.

“The Edo State Government assures families of the two remaining abductees that it will deploy the full apparatus of state to ensure their release.

“The government also reassures all residents that it is committed to the protection of lives and property in Edo,” the commissioner further disclosed.

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