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Rail System Continues to Collapse in S/East As NSCDC Parades 6 Suspected Vandals In Enugu

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Enugu State Command, on Thursday paraded six suspects for allegedly vandalizing rail line equipment at Ubahu Community, Nkanu-East Local Government Area.

This is less than a week it paraded four suspects, who were allegedly involved in consistently vandalizing railway line components within communities in Aninri/Nkanu-West Local Government Areas.

The Commandant of the Corps in the state, Mr. Afrika Valentine Ezenyimulu, told newsmen that the suspects identified as Zakari Ishaka, Amadu Danladi, Abdulkareem Haruna, Usman Idris, Musa Hamza, and Arma Yau Magaji, were intercepted at Ubahu, Nkanu East LGA by the personnel of the Nigerian Army 82 Division while on their way out of the state.

Mr. Ezenyimulu stated that the suspects were arrested while conveying large quantity of pieces of railway sleepers, nuts and bolts in a blue & white DANGOTE truck with registration number BSA 189 XA.

Ezenyimulu stated that the arrest was made possible as a result of sustained surveillance on government critical national infrastructure and assets, adding that vandalism of rail line components amounted to economic sabotage.

“We have this firm resolve that this must stop certainly because as they are doing this, they are crippling the economy of this state and by extension that of the country. This is one of the means we have in transporting farm produce,” the NSCDC Commandant said.

He explained that the act had continued unabated, emphasizing the resolve of the Command to clamped down on the criminals.

“Our sustained surveillance and intelligence by our undercover revealed the presence of persons, in this case, criminals who are bent on vandalizing rail materials and converting them for some other purposes other than what it was meant for.

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“A sustained surveillance and intelligence revealed their presence over there in Ubahu. They have been investigated and found culpable.” he remarked.

The NSCDC commandant also appealed to parents to be cautious and mindful of their children’s activities, while calling on the public to be security conscious and report any person indulging in vandalism.

Ezenyimulu reiterated the resolve of the Corps in the State to get rid of all unwanted elements, insisting that the Corps would deal ruthlessly with those vandalizing or tampering with government infrastructure even as he called on the members of the public to always assist security agencies with credible information on activities of criminals in the State.

He warned the vandals and other criminal elements to steer clear of the state emphasizing that the Command would not rest in its resolve to carry out the corps mandate of protecting critical national assets.

One of the suspects, who spoke through an interpreter said he had been in the business for more than ten years, saying that he transported goods from the North to South-East, and while returning carried the rail components.

He alleged that the Nigerian Rail Corporation was privy to the business.

However, the District Public Relations Officer, Eastern District of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Enugu, Dr. Onyedikachi Onovo, said Kam industries in 2016 won the procurement bid to evacuate railway scrap materials, but criminals had taken advantage of that to vandalize railway equipment.

Dr. Onovo maintained that anyone that failed to present the necessary documentation to prove that they came from the legitimate company responsible for the lifting of the scrap should face the law.

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He commended security operatives in the state for helping to check the activities of vandals in the area, noting that their activities had done more harm than good.

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