The Edo State government has confirmed the arrest of two village chiefs in connection with the January 7 attack on Ijebin train station.
Chris Nehijar, Commissioner for Communications and Guidance, gave the hint after a meeting of the state executive council in Benin on Wednesday.
Seven other suspects are under arrest, while the remaining two passengers were rescued by securitymen.
The duo are employees of the Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC).
“The success story is that five people and two village chiefs have been arrested in connection with the incident and they are helping the investigations,” Nehikhar said.
Regarding the Lassa fever outbreak, he said that the federal government and its agencies had failed to fund Edo despite all the pleas for help.
More than 50 people have been infected with Lassa fever. We have a 5 percent fatality rate which is very high compared to COVID-19.”
Nehijar said Edu has reached out to the World Health Organization and other international agencies for help.
Letters have been written to the Ministry of Health, the National Center for Disease Control and other agencies, he said, “but unfortunately they have refused to provide our assistance.”
Village chiefs captured in Edo train attack, railroad workers rescued