Up to 31 passengers were abducted at a train station on Saturday in Igueben, Edo State after armed herders reportedly launched an attack.
The passengers were waiting to board a train to Warri, Delta State when the hoodlums struck.
The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Osa Nehikhare, who disclosed this in a statement also said one suspect has been arrested by a joint efforts by Military, Police, Vigilante and hunters.
Nehikare said: “One victim out of the 32 people kidnapped escaped from the hands of the abductors.”
The Commissioner who gave an update on efforts of the Edo State Government to rescue the kidnapped passengers said: “At the moment, security personnel have intensifyied search and rescue operations in reasonable radius to rescue the kidnap victims.”
According to him, “As at 3pm Sunday, one suspect has been captured and is helping Police with their investigation.”
He further stated that “the Deputy Governor of the State, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, has visited the Igueben Train Station for an on-the-spot assessment of rescue efforts and to throw government’s weight behind the security operations.
“Edo State Government condoles with the families of the victims for this unfortunate occurrence.”
Nehikhare appealed for calm and urged citizens to assist security personnel with information of suspicious movements in and around their neighborhoods, particularly in the area where the rescue operation is taking place.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Railway Corporation has suspended train in the area.