April 19, 2024

BREAKING: NRC Shuts Down Ekeken, Igueben Train Station Indefinitely

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BY Simeon OSAJIE

The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the closure of Ekeken, Igueben Station in Edo State till further notice.

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The Corporation said the decision became necessary following rising security challenges in the train station.

The incident came barely one year after the March 28, 2022 attack by bandits on the Abuja-Kaduna train, resulting in the death of about 14 passengers while 65 others were abducted.

A public announcement by the NRC made available to newsmen said the closure was “till further notice.”

The statement reads, “This is to inform our general public and most especially our esteemed passengers, that Ekeken Station has been temporarily closed due to security issues, till 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.”

Recall that Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Saturday evening abducted many passengers waiting to board a train from the Igueben station in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State to Warri in Delta State, while many others sustained injuries.

The Spokesperson for Edo State Police Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident in a statement.

According to him, the abductors, armed with AK 47, invaded the train station and shot sporadically into the air before abducting scores of intending travellers into the bush.

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