Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested 12 suspects specialized in vandalizing railway sleepers.
NSCDC Director of Public Relations, CC Olusola Odumosu who confirmed this in a press statement on Sunday said the arrests were made during three separate operations by the Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad (SIS).
The first five suspects were arrested while loading vandalized and stolen railway sleepers at a bush located at Agwan-Kuje village Kadarko area in Keana LGA of Nasarawa State.
According to Odumosu, a long open-body Man Diesel trailer already loaded with over 500 pieces of vandalized railway sleepers alleged to be owned by the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) was also concealed under sacks of groundnut dust.
Retrieved from the suspects was a forged copy of the Nigeria Railway scrap delivery paper.
Also, operatives of the NSCDC CG’s SIS arrested three suspected vandals while conveying large quantities of vandalized railway sleepers concealed with rice chaff inside a J5 Boxer Bus at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, along Keffi-Abuja expressway,
“Another four suspected vandals were arrested by the CG’s SIS while loading railway sleepers into an already filled illegal warehouse along Kafanchan-Kwoi Road, Jama’a LGA, Kaduna State.
“Acting on a tip-off, the squad immediately swung into action and succeeded in intercepting one white long open body truck fully loaded with large quantities of vandalized rail track irons, covered with a blue trampoline.” CC Odumosu further disclosed.
He said all the arrested suspects and the exhibits were subject to preliminary investigation by the Corps which would help to make further arrests and subsequent prosecution to reduce the rate of critical infrastructural vandalism in the affected territories.
“Citizens are advised to continually provide credible and useful information that will help in the arrest of vandals and criminals across the country.
“Likewise, citizens with criminal intent of robbing the nation of its assets are advised to desist as the Corps will not spare anyone caught in the act.” the NSCDC spokesman advised.