The Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Nasarawa State Police Command, headed by CSP Anietie Eyoh, has arrested two suspects, Mohammed Abdullahi and Abubakar Nuhu, for allegedly vandalising railway slippers and attempting to bribe officers of the unit with the sum of N160,000.
In recent times, railway tracks and slippers have been vandalised in many parts of Nasarawa State, which made the police to launch a manhunt for those responsible.
One of the suspects explained that he was a trader dealing in food items and was contracted by his boss to accompany him to buy rail slippers from one Mr Godwin, who allegedly vandalised the items in Agyaragu Tofa, Lafia Local Government Area, and Angwan Alago in the Kadarko District, Keana Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “I am a businessman, who sells food items. I heard that there are so many companies in Ogun State, which buy the vandalised items, because that was where we were taking them to before the police arrested us.
“I actually thought they were scrap iron; that was why I got myself involved in this mess. This is my first time engaging in this act and I really regret my action.
“It was my boss, who called me to accompany him and his friend to Kadarko to buy the rail sleepers from one Mr Godwin, who specialises in the business.
“My boss and his friend ran away and abandoned me. I never knew he was into this kind of business. I am appealing to the police to set me free, because I am innocent.”
It was gathered that the suspected vandals had already loaded the slippers onto a truck with number plate T-1726LA when Eyoh got the information and mobilised his men to the scene for the arrest of the suspects.
It was learnt that the suspected vandals ran into the thick forest, but the police personnel were able to impound the truck.
Two of the suspects were later arrested and they allegedly offered the sum of N160,000 as bribe, which was rejected by the policemen.
Police sources revealed that the truck might have been involved in conveying stolen items over a period of time as the number plate was not registered.
Confirming the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, explained that the suspects had been in the business of buying and selling of rail tracks and slippers from suspected vandals for long, but luck ran out on them when the command got information about their activities.