A Chinese national, the Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Infrastructures, and 15 others have been arrested in Nasarawa State for allegedly vandalizing rail line facilities, according to the police command.
While speaking to journalists in Lafia on Thursday, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bola Longe, verified this.
Other suspects detained in connection with the crime included two police officers from the State Criminal Investigation Department in Lafia, an Inspector and a Sergeant, and a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, he said (NSCDC).
Longe said the suspects were apprehended in two separate operations on May 16 and 24, while vandalizing and carrying away railway lines and sleepers in the state’s Agyaragun Tofa and Kadarko Local Government Areas.
The Chinese, a manager of a Steel Company in Tunga Maje, FCT Abuja, was arrested as the alleged buyer of the products, according to the commissioner.
Two articulated trucks and two buses filled with vandalized rail line facilities were among the things retrieved, he said.
“Preliminary research into the cases thus far has indicated that it is a broad conspiracy including high-net-worth individuals who function as sponsors and drivers of numerous syndicates,” according to the report.
“This is a typical case of sabotage by disloyal Nigerians, including some security professionals hired by the Nigerian government to defend lives and property.
Longe added, “This criminal circus is supported by enterprises largely owned by foreign nationals that process steel and iron waste to generate illegitimate profit at the expense of the national interest.”
The State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, is conducting an investigation into the situation, according to the commissioner.
Meanwhile, between March and May of this year, the command apprehended 50 other individuals in various criminal cases around the state, including kidnapping and armed robbery.
Five different firearms, six vehicles, three motorcycles, and N760,000 cash were among the goods seized from the suspects, he added.
In order to cleanse the state of criminal elements, the police commissioner called for residents’ ongoing cooperation.