Train Attack: Edo Govt Meets Community, Security Agencies

Train Attack

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu has said the government is strengthening security to check crime and criminality, vowing that the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration will make the state unsafe for kidnappers and other criminal elements to thrive.

Akelicious reports that Shaibu made this known after a meeting with heads of security agencies and community leaders at the Igueben Railway Station in Igueben Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

The deputy governor was joined at the meeting by other top government officials, including the Senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District, Senator Clifford Ordia and the Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun.

Calling for calm among residents, the Deputy Governor urged members of the public to assist security agencies by providing useful information.

He said, “We were here on Sunday for a fact finding mission and today, we are here again to give moral support to our security troops on ground and also have another discussion to review all our activities since this kidnapping incident happened and to see areas to improve on.

“The important point is that more persons have been rescued and the numbers are reducing. Our target is for everybody to be released. We want to thank the security agencies for their efforts in ensuring all captured are released. I appreciate the Inspector General of Police, Chief of Air Staff and the Chief of Army Staff for all their efforts in ensuring those kidnapped are rescued unhurt.

Shaibu added, “We are doing all to ensure we get these people out. The Governor has asked us to give morale boost to troops on ground and also review our security strategy.”

He further noted, “The state government has not been reached for ransom. Edo will be too hot for these people as they will never have any base here in the state. We have worked hard and will continue to work hard to ensure the state is safe. The pressure is on the kidnappers and the victims are being freed daily.”

In related news, speaking at a press briefing in Benin City, the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwanbuzo, said another victim of the train station attack has been rescued.

He stated that the victim of the train attack has also been released to the family, bringing the total number of those rescued to seven.

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Nwanbuzo said the victim is a female whose family is resident in Delta State, adding, “Just yesterday, another victim of the Igueben Train Station kidnap was rescued and released to her family members living in Delta State. The victim is a woman and this brings the total number of rescued victims so far released to seven.”

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