The Niger State Police Command has arrested twenty-one suspects over railway vandalism.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in an announcement on Wednesday, March 24, mentioned the suspects have been arrested at Esheti-Elegi neighborhood of Kataeregi, in Katcha Native Authorities Space.
DSP Abiodun mentioned two suspects, Yusuf Ibrahim,35, of Sabo-Kasuwa Zungeru and Abubakar Makeri, 25, of Kpakungu Minna, have been arrested on March 17, by police operatives connected to Kataeregi division.
The suspects have been arrested with a canter truck with Reg. No. AGR 34 XA loaded with 80 items of rail slippers alongside Kataeregi-Minna highway.
Throughout interrogation, Abubakar Makeri confessed to have vandalized and stolen the rail tracks at Kataeregi, whereas he contracted Yusuf Ibrahim who’s the driving force of the car to convey the tracks to Gwari Market, Minna.
Equally, based mostly on credible data, 17 suspects have been arrested on March 22, for railway vandalization at Esheti-Elegi by police operatives of similar division.
The suspects are Mohammed Usman Shehu, 20, Shehu Garba, 20, Adamu Dan Asabe, 22, driver, Salisu Bashiru, 30, driver, Yunusa Suleiman, 18, Mohammed Bello, 35, and Sadiq Bello,19.
Others are Isyaku Garba, 20, Yahaya Abubakar, 20, Rufai Adamu,16, Adamu Abdulrahaman, 25, Aminu Kabiru, 16, Idrisu Adamu, 20, Abdulkareem Musa, 25, Abdullahi Tajudeen, 16, Mustapha Musa, 15, and Shamsu Saidu, 17, all of Kodo/Beji Minna.
The suspects have been sighted vandalizing the rail tracks alongside Esheti-Elegi village of Kataeregi, Katcha LGA whereas a police patrol crew was mobilized to the scene and intercepted three canter vehicles with Reg. no. RBC 356 ZN, GWA 629 XT and the third car with out Reg. no. loaded with rail tracks pushed by Salisu Basiru, Shehu Garba and Yunusa Suleiman of Kodo village Minna.
One different empty truck with out Reg. no. pushed by one Adamu Dan-Asabe ‘m’ of Babban Gada, Bosso Minna was equally intercepted and arrested. The 4 drivers and 13 labourers have been all apprehended and brought into custody.
Throughout interrogation, the chief of the gang, Mohammed Usman Shehu, confessed to have been contracted by one Alhaji Idris of Kaduna presently at giant to mobilize automobiles to evacuate the rail tracks to Maitumbi, Minna.
In the meantime, investigation is ongoing and all of the suspects might be arraiganed in Federal Excessive Court docket, Minna below Miscellanous Offences Act for prosecution as quickly as investigation is concluded.
The PPRO mentioned the command below the management of CP Adamu Usman will proceed to redouble its effort in defending life and properties within the State, whereas members of the general public are equally urged to proceed to offer helpful data to the police, as that is an effort of co-operation between the local people and the police.