Nigeria: two village chiefs and five others arrested for the terrorist attack against a Nigerian railway station

Nigeria: Two Village Chiefs And Five Others Arrested For The Terrorist Attack Against A Nigerian Railway Station

The government said the terrorists abducted 20 people who were waiting to board a train. The Edo State Government confirmed the arrest of two village chiefs in connection with the January 7 terrorist attack on a state train station.

The government said the terrorists abducted 20 people who were waiting to board a train at Igueben station.

State Communications and Guidance Commissioner Chris Nehikhare said this when he briefed reporters shortly after the State Executive Council meeting in Benin on Wednesday.

Mr Nehikhare said seven other suspects had also been arrested in connection with the incident, saying the two remaining captive passengers were also rescued by security officers.

“The success of the abduction is that five people and two village chiefs have been arrested in connection with the incident and are assisting in the investigations,” he said.

Edo police said the attack was carried out by “herders”.

The state government first said 31 people were missing after the attack, which led to to extinguish from the station.

Lassa fever outbreak

Speaking on the Lassa fever outbreak in the state, Mr Nehikhare said that the federal government and its agencies had failed to mobilize the state despite all calls for help from the government.

“More than 50 people have been infected with Lassa fever since the outbreak in the state. We have a 5% mortality rate, which is very high compared to COVID-19.

“All appeals and pleas to the federal government have been rebuffed.

“We are compelled to reach out to the World Health Organization and other international agencies to intervene in infectious disease in our state.

“We have written letters to the Department of Health, the National Center Disease Control (NCDC) and everyone involved in disease issues to come and help us fight this disease, but unfortunately they have refused to help us. “, did he declare.

Nigeria recorded 178 deaths Lassa fever in 2022.