The senator representing the southern Ondo senatorial district, Nicholas Tofowomo, has called on the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), to establish railway police at each station to curb attacks on passengers and station workers in the country.

Tofowomo, who is the vice chair of the Senate Ground Transportation Committee, which covers rail and public transportation,
made the call in a statement while reacting to the attack on the train station in Edo state by some suspected bandits last Saturday.

The federal legislator, in the statement issued by his press assistant, Mr. Olumide Akinrinlola, lamented the porous security provisions at train stations and the incessant terrorist attacks on passengers.

He said: “The president has done very well in the beam of opportunity created by the rail revolution launched by his administration. But it is necessary for him to complete the good work of him by establishing ‘railway police’ at each station to provide physical and procedural security measures to mitigate all kinds of security threats”.

“If established, they must have effective wireless devices and monitoring screens to communicate and monitor the movement of the train from one station to another to mitigate security breaches. In the UK and other developed countries, they have railway police.”

Tofowomo added: “For example, the railway police could monitor a train traveling from London to Manchester via cameras attached to the train and linked to the monitoring screens in the railway police office located in the railway station.

“This is the standard in developed countries. Therefore, I urge the president to do this before the end of his term to prevent a recurrence of what happened at the Igueben railway station in the Igueben local government area of ​​Edo state, where dozens of passengers waiting to board the train to Warri in Delta State was hijacked by suspected herders on Saturday night.

The Ondo Sur legislator expressed sympathy for the families, relatives and friends of those who were kidnapped at the train station and said that the training of the railway police would help stop further attacks and mitigate all kinds of security threats in the future. if it is established by the president.

“Although I express my condolences to the families, relatives and friends of those who were kidnapped at the Igueben train station, Mr. President must be proactive in stopping security violations with the timely training of the railway police at our train stations in across the country to stop the recurrence of attacks on train passengers in Nigeria,” he said.

the punch reports that seven victims have been rescued three days after the kidnapping of 32 people occurred at the Igueben train station, Edo state.

It was learned on Tuesday that the seventh victim, said to be a woman, was rescued by security agencies combing the area.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said: “Yes, one woman has been rescued, making a total of seven people rescued so far.”