The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Squad( NSCDC) has nabbed four suspected rail track vandals in Nasarawa State.
A statement on Thursday by the spokesman of the NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi revealed that the four vandals were intercepted along Lafia-Akwanga–Abuja expressway, Sabon Pagi, Lafia Nasarawa State on Monday by the
Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad( CG’s SIS).
Afolabi while disclosing that the four suspected vandals have been taken into custody for further investigations and action, said they were caught during the interception of an articulated DAF truck conveying large quantities of vandalized rail track iron concealed inside iron scrap.
He said: “On 14th of August, 2023, about 1030hrs ,the CG’s Special Intelligence Squad, who are on specialized operation to checkmate nefarious activities of rail line vandals, arrested four suspected vandals who disguised as scavengers. It was later discovered that the suspects have vandalized rail track irons and concealed them inside scrap iron materials before loading the vandalized rail track irons into a truck that will convey them to the buyers.”
The National PRO stated further that the truck and the four suspects were intercepted along Lafia-Akwanga–Abuja expressway, Sabon Pagi, Lafia Nasarawa State on Monday. Details of the truck was given as an articulated DAF truck with registration number BSA 899XA and the four suspected vandals are 27 years old Anasi Ali who is the driver of the truck; Yusuf Idris, 25, Hafis Idris, 18 and Nasiru Abdullahi, 28 who served as an escort.
He said: “Item recovered from the vandals are; a DAF truck, large quantitities of offloaded scrap irons and large quantities of vandalized railways irons.”
Babawale added that the preliminary investigation carried out by the NSCDC revealed that the vandals loaded the rail truck irons and slippers in Makurdi, Benue State and concealed it inside scrap irons to disguise it as scraps and were moving the vandalized products to an undisclosed iron and steel company in Ilorin, Kwara State before they were intercepted and arrested.
In the meantime, the Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Audi has ordered full scale investigation after which the suspects will be charged to court.