Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested three security personnel for vandalizing sections of the railway in Nasarawa State.
Samuel Asoloko, a member of the Nigerian Legion, and Marra Thai, a Chinese national, were also arrested.
A former Supervisory Councillor on the Education of Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area, Mohammed Isiaka, and Samuel Shagbaor, a principal technical officer of the railway corporation covering Agyaragu, were also arrested.
In a parade of suspects held at the police headquarters in Lafia, the state capital on Thursday May 27, Bola Longe stated that Nathaniel Bob, the Legal Adviser for the Chinese company was also arrested for attempting to bribe the police for 600,000. Bribes were rejected.
“Nathaniel Oba ‘M’ 48yrs – Partner Nathoba & CO, a law firm in Benin, and the legal adviser to Yong Xing Steel Company Nigeria Limited offered 600,000 naira to bribe the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to secure the release of his client”
In addition to Yusuf Ahmed and Abubakar Nuhu, who are said to be the owners of trailers used to transport the stolen slippers, they also attempted to bribe the police with 160,000 naira for the release of their vehicles. However, they are not in custody for conspiracy.
The arrest was made possible by the command’s development of an anti-vandalism template designed to checkmate vandalism across the state.
The Nasarawa State Police Command has received information from several sources indicating that criminal elements have vandalized and carted away rail tracks in Nasarawa State en route to Benue State, converting them into gold mines. The State Police command developed a strategic anti-vandalism template to stem the tide of this unwholesome trend. The police operatives swooped on the vandals at their theatre of operation on 16/5/2021 at about 0130hrs and 24/5/2021 at about 0300hrs respectively when they vandalised and carted away property from their site.
Railway tracks and slippers along Agyaragu Tofa in Lafia LGA and Angwan Alago of Kadarko district in Keana LGA.”
Marra Thai, who runs a steel company in Nigeria Capital Abuja under the guise of Tungan Maje, is alleged to be the criminal receiver through his procurement officer Jacob Terlumun.
“The investigation to date has revealed that the cases are the result of a grand conspiracy between high-profile individuals committed to vandalizing Nigerian railway tracks and slippers in different parts of Nasarawa State, including the Gudi-Lafia-Akeleku-Makurdi railway line. There is a classic case of sabotage that is being perpetrated by unpatriotic Nigerians including some individuals of the security services. "This criminal circus is sustained and kept alive by companies that process steel/iron scraps and are mainly owned by foreign nationals who make unjust gains at the expense of the nation."
One Falker Mercedes Benz truck with registration number LFA 636 ZX loaded with vandalised rail tracks/slippers one DAF trailer with registration number T-1726 LA loaded with vandalized rail tracks/slippers, one hundred and sixty thousand naira (N160,000) was offered to secure the release of two white Peugeot J5 buses – one of which is ladened with vandalised rail tracks with registration numbers XU 790 ENU ENUGU and QAP 654 XA.
Investigations into the case are ongoing at the State Criminal Investigation Department of Lafia.