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Rail track vandals arrested by Army despite N5m bribe offer

Twelve suspected rail track vandals have been arrested by troops of the 4 Special Forces in Doma, Angwan Yara, Keana Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.
According to the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of the Command, Maj. Joseph Afolasade, who made the disclosure at a press briefing: “On June 15, 2023, troops of the Command, during a routine patrol, intercepted five suspected rail track vandals at an abandoned railway station between Angwan Yara and Agyaragu communities of Keana LGA.
“The suspects were arrested with a large quantity of rail tracks loaded in two trucks.

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“In the course of investigation, the troops arrested additional seven suspects on June 18 who had made confessional statements.
“They admitted to have played various roles in the theft of the rail tracks and mentioned names of some prominent persons in Nasarawa and Plateau States as being part of the syndicate.
“They offered to give our personnel N5 million to allow them go with the rail tracks, but our men rejected the money and arrested them.”

Afolasade further said the suspects claimed that they were deceived by their fleeing sponsors.

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However, Maj.-Gen. Owyinka Soyele, Commander of the Special Forces, had directed their transfer to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for further investigation and prosecution.

A representative of the Nasarawa State Commandant of the NSCDC, a Deputy Commandant, expressed gratitude to the Army for collaborating with them to tackle insecurity in the state and assured that the suspects would be prosecuted after investigation.