No fewer than 14 suspects were arrested last month for acts of vandalism on the country’s railway, the Railway Police Command said yesterday.
Also arrested were suspects who allegedly concealed or collaborated in the crime of stealing tracks, sleepers and other equipment of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
Commissioner of Police in charge of Railway Command, Mrs. Yetunde Longe, who confirmed the arrests, said the suspects were apprehended in different parts of the country, adding that some of them had been charged to court.
Longe said the command would sustain the clampdown on criminals in line with the Inspector of Police Usman Alkali’s zero tolerance for criminality.
Among those arrested was Ahmed Tanko, a native of Dangoma village in Kaduna, alleged to have vandalised the Bankin-Kaninkon-Kogi Rail line and loaded slippers in a BUA cement truck on April 1.
Tanko’s truck was intercepted by operatives attached to Kafanchan Division. Although the suspected vandals fled the scene, police investigation, it was gathered, led detectives to Tanko who allegedly confessed to the crime.
Also, a 20-year-old man, Abdulahi Fatai alias Akube was arrested on April 6, by operatives attached to Bodija Divisional Headquartered of the Railway Command, Ibadan, for alleged armed robbery. Investigation was said to have revealed the case was connected to another robbery suspect who was arrested in December while going for an operation.
On April 27, the Kafanchan Divisional headquarters also apprehended six suspected vandals including a soldier, Sergeant Sirajo Suleman, loading multiple rail steels into two trucks
The soldier was said to be attached to the Nigerian Army Central Ammunition Department, Kaduna, allegedly operated with Idris Bawa, Idris Musa, Shamsu Abdulahi, Anthony Moses, and Yunana Gaius.
Police sources said they were caught in the act in a bush near Camuru Station, Kachia, LGA Kaduna State.
The Nation learnt that operatives at the Dugbe Railway Division, Ibadan, also arrested a Man O’ War official identified as Azeez Wahab with a sack containing 50 NRC tool bolts without a satisfactory account on how he found it.