Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested a criminal syndicate responsible for vandalizing rail tracks in some parts of North-West and North-Central of the country.
A statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba on Tuesday stated that the arrest follows deliberate efforts to contain and clampdown on perpetrators of rail tracks vandalism.
Mba stated that those arrested have been responsible for carting away critical locomotive equipment and other related economic crimes in some parts of the country.
This is coming just as he stated that 36 suspects have so far been arrested for offences of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of illegal firearms, cultism, murder, economic sabotage, cybercrime, car snatching and sundry other offenses.
He identified the suspects to Idris Lawal ‘m’ 42years, Abdullahi Musa ‘m’ 29years and Usman Umar ‘m’ 22years.
“The arrests were achieved as a result of sustained nationwide tactical, anti-crime operations by the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS) in the ongoing efforts aimed at stemming criminal activities particularly violent crimes in the country.
“Exhibits recovered in the operations include: 8 AK49 rifles, 3 AK47 rifles, 1 locally made rifle, 346 rounds of AK47 live ammunition, 24 live cartridges, 20 AK47 magazine, cash sum of One million, four hundred thousand (
N1,400,000), vehicles – 2 Toyota Corolla (Abuja – RBC 653 AE and ABC 906 AG), 1 Toyota Camry, one 307 Peugeot (Abuja – BWR 920 HK), one 406 Peugeot and one Honda civic.” Mba stated.