2 Railway Staff, 2 Chiefs, Others charged with Edo Train Passengers’ kidnap

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SeeThe Police has charged eight persons among them two staff of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and same number of Village chiefs with the abduction of over 20 passengers by gunmen on a train on January 7, 2023 at Igueben Train Station in Edo State.

On Wednesday, the police laid it bare that eighth suspects are in its custody on suspicion that they have hands in the crime.h

The operatives went further to make it known that the kidnap victims have all been rescued.

In the present report, the identities of the suspects are unveiled, and they have been charged to court.

It passes belief that two of them are Railway workers while another two are village chiefs.

The development is the substance of a court document in circulation.

The extract:
“That you Ighoko Odion, Okojie Ewa, Okie Patrick, Friday Ighedujiemu, Ibadin Hamilton, Halilu Umaru, Aminu Ibrahim, Isah Aliyu, and others now at large, on or about the 16th day of January, 2023 at about 12:00 hours at the Nigerian Rail Way Station, Igueben, Edo State, in the Benn Judicial Division, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: Kidnapping and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 5 and punishable under Section 2 (1) (2) of the Kidnapping Prohibition (Amendment) Law of Edo State, 2013.”

Count two reads, “That you Ighoko Odion, Okojie Ewa, Okie Patrick, Friday Ighedujiemu, Ibadin Hamilton, Halilu Umaru, Aminu Ibrahim, Isah Aliyu, and others now at large, on or about the 16th day of January, 2023 at about 12:00 hours at the Nigerian Rail Way Station, Igueben, Edo State, in the Benn Judicial Division, while armed with guns and other dangerous weapon, did attack and kidnapped passengers inside the train to an unknown destination till now with intent to receive ransom payment of N20,000,000.00 before release from your captivity and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 2 (1), (2) of the kidnapping Prohibition (Amendhent) Law of Edo State, 2013.”

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