Security forces have freed 12 more hostages of the Igueben train station attack in Edo State.
This brings to 18 the number of the train station abductees so far rescued by the Joint Security Forces since the unfortunate incident on Saturday, January 7, 2023.
Edo State Commissioner of Police CP Mohammed Dankwara made this known to journalists in Benin City on Sunday, January, 15, 2023.
CP Mohammed said the Joint Security Forces acted on technical intelligence and stormed Ugboha Forest where they rescued the 18 abductees and that efforts have been intensified to free the remaining two hostages.
Ugboha Forest is located in Esan South-East Local Government Area of Edo StaState.
“On 14th January, at about 2200hrs, the Joint Security Forces in Edo State in a concerted effort to rescue the victims of Igueben Train Station attack, stormed Ugboha Forest in a joint operation, through technical intelligence provided to the Command and Control Intelligence Rapid Response Squad and rescued 12 victims unhurt.
“The 12 victims rescued are, Eunice Eseba ‘f’ 56yrs, Marian Mowoe ‘f’ age 28yrs, Faith Smart ‘f’ age 42 Yrs, Precious Egwuje ‘f’ age 28yrs, Obehi Omaben ‘f’ age 39yrs, Amm Benson ‘f’ age 42yrs, Favour Akungo ‘f’ age 18yrs and Akhimen Ehiemamen ‘m’ age 48yrs.
“Others are Christian Iyere ‘m’ age 33yrs, Emmanuel Esieba ‘m’ age 67yrs, lyoha Julius ‘m’ age 25yrs and Aguele Beatrice ‘f’ 42yrs”, CP Mohammed said.
He however assured of the rescue the remaining victim in no distant time.
Also, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki visited the freed hostages at the Police Cottage Hospital, GRA, Benin City, where they had been taken for tests and rehabilitation.
Mr. Obaseki commended the joint security forces for their gallantry and tactfulness.
He assured families of the two remaining abductees that the full apparatus of the state would be deployed to ensure their release.