Breaking: Nigerian Police rescue 12 victims of Igueben train attack, arrest 3 suspects

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Nigerian police have rescued '12 persons among the kidnapped victims at a train station in Igueben.

A combined team of security forces rescued the victims through the tactical team and command and Control Intelligence Rapid Response Squad with technical assistance from T.I.U. and men of the Anti-kidnapping/Cybercrime Unit, Edo chapter.

Forest where Igueben train victims were rescued
Forest where Igueben train victims were rescued

The victims were kidnapped a week ago when Fulani herders attacked the Igueben train station and dragged the victims through the Ugboha forest in Esan South East local government.

The kidnappers then called the families for ransom. Police arrested who they believed was the chief negotiator a day after the attack, with the victims' mobile phones.

The herders dumped a baby near the forest and contacted the child's family while they dragged her parents away.

The Standard Gazette gathered that at about 10 pm on Saturday, 14 January 2023, the police launched an assault on the kidnapper's hideout and rescued 12 victims after a gunfight.

Train victims rescued by Nigerian police
Train victims rescued by the Nigerian police

Police said three of the suspects were also arrested during the rescue operation.

The victims have been transferred to the police clinic in Benin city for urgent medical attention.

Those rescued victims: Eunice Eseba, Mariam Moewoe, Faith Smart, Precious Egwuje and Obehi Omaben.

Others are Amma Benson, Favour Akungo, Akhimien Ehiemanien, Christian Iyere, Emmanuel Esieba, Iyoha Julius and Aguele Beatrice.

Police said about 30 persons had been rescued, and two are believed to remain at the kidnappers' den.

The Standard GAzette learned that one of the victims was the manager of the train station. A female victim, in a brief interview with TSG., said, "I was seriously dealt with by the kidnappers."

"Those who were keeping watch on us were nine gunmen. I was carrying two of my children when they kidnapped me. My children are five and two years old. They left my children and forced me into the bush.

I am happy that my children are at home, and I will join them soon. The government should do something about this kidnapping issue. The kidnappers are heartless as they have no human sympathy. They made our trek all through the night.

They cooked and ate and won't give us. I almost died of hunger. The kidnappers have a way of communicating among themselves using sign tune."

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