The Nigerian Railway Corporation announced on Sunday the closure of the Ekehen station in Edo state until further notice.

The organization said the decision was made necessary following growing security challenges.

The incident came just a year after the March 28, 2022 bandit attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train, which led to the deaths of around 14 passengers and the kidnapping of 65 others.

One of the victims and a 21-year-old student at Kaduna State University, Lois Azurfa John, told our correspondent why she turned down the Boko Haram commander’s marriage proposals while in insurgent custody.

An NRC public announcement posted to the passengers’ WhatsApp group obtained by our correspondent said the closure was “until further notice.”

The statement reads: “Public Announcement: This is to inform our general public, and especially our esteemed passengers, that Ekehen Station has been temporarily closed due to security concerns, until further notice.”

Another notice reads: “Due to the incident at Ekehen station on Saturday, WITS 01/02 will no longer stop at Ekehen station. Please advise our customers.”

the punch reported that armed men suspected of being herdsmen kidnapped many passengers on Saturday night who were waiting to board a train from Igueben station in Igueben local government area in Edo state to Warri in Delta state, while many others were injured.

Edo State Police Command spokesman Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the incident in a statement.

According to him, the hijackers, armed with AK 47s, invaded the train station and shot sporadically into the air before kidnapping dozens of travelers in the jungle.

Nwabuzor said that many of the passengers suffered gunshot wounds, and said that the agents were on the trail of the hijackers with the aim of rescuing the kidnap victims who were taken into the jungle.

He said: “This is to inform the gentlemen of the press that on January 7, 2023, at around 4:00 p.m., an unspecified number of herdsmen armed with AK 47 rifles attacked the train station in Igueben, State of Edo and kidnapped an unspecified number of passengers. waiting to board the train to Warri.

“The hijackers who fired sporadically into the air before kidnapping some passengers left some people with gunshot wounds. Area Commander Irrua, DPO Division Igueben and men have visited the crime scene with members of the Edo State Security Network, local vigilantes and hunters in order to protect the life and property of the remaining passengers.

“Brush combing operations have been launched to rescue victims and arrest fleeing kidnappers. Further developments will be communicated.”