Sunday, January 8, 2023
The Edo Commissioner of Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, on Sunday confirmed that 31 intending passengers have been kidnapped on the Igueben practice station in Edo on Saturday.
The passengers have been stated to be ready for a 4:00 p.m. practice from Igueben to Warri when the kidnappers struck, shooting sporadically, abducting passengers and leaving many injured.
Mr Nehikhare instructed journalists in Benin that one kidnapped passenger escaped from the abductors whereas the police had arrested one of many suspects.
Describing the incident as essentially the most tough within the state, the commissioner stated the abductors, who got here with automobiles, took victims to the bush on foot.
“The police, in collaboration with the vigilante and hunters, began combing the bush nearly instantly.
“One suspect has been arrested, and he’s serving to the police of their investigation.
“The deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, visited the scene of the crime this morning to have an on-the-spot evaluation of what has occurred,” Mr Nehikhare stated.
The Nigeria Railway Company (NRC) earlier announced the shutdown of operations on the station.
In the meantime, Mr Nehikhare additionally disclosed that the state authorities was up-to-date with the pension cost to retired staff and was at the moment expending one-third of its personnel value on pension funds.
“We make out there N100 million month-to-month to pay gratuity to these retirees with severe medical challenges. We paid over N1 billion final 12 months, and we have now additionally budgeted one other N1 billion for 2023.
“We’re constrained to consider that the protests previously over pensions have been politically instigated,” he stated.
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