Five suspects have been arrested for vandalizing the tracks and carting away the rail rods of the Warri-Itakpe rail line.
In a viral video, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, had shown how the vandals cut several sections of the tracks around kilometre 30 Adogo (Kogi State section) of the rail.
He said that some bolts and knots were also removed showing the vandals’ readiness to cart away the iron rails.
A few days later, the NRC Northern District engineer, Haruna Sabo, announced the arrest of two persons suspected of vandalising rail tracks along the Kaduna-Zaria rail line.
He said those arrested were members of a syndicate that specialises in removing rail clips that hold sleepers and rail tracks together.
Recall that the Itakpe-Warri railway line, which links Warri in Delta state to Ajaokuta in Kogi state, was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in September 2020.
In April, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, also flagged off freight and haulage services on the rail line to boost economic activities.
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