… As Police arrest 21 commercial motorcyclists for allegedly killing NDLEA personnel***
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and troops of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu have arrested a six-man gang specialising in vandalising rail line tracks in Enugu State.
NSCDC spokesman in Enugu, CSC Denny Manuel, stated on Thursday that the vandals were rounded up by joint operatives at Ubahu community in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.
He stated that the suspects gave their names as follows Zakari Ishaka (25); Amadu Danladi (40); Abdulkareem Haruna (19); Ousman Idris (19); Musa Hamza (23) and Arma Yau Magaji (42).
He added that the vandals were arrested on April 22.
“The suspects were arrested after sustained surveillance and intelligence gathering.
“They were arrested while conveying vandalised railway slippers belonging to the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Eastern District, Enugu, in a truck with registration number BSA 189 XA.
“The suspects were arrested with the help of troops of the Nigerian Army following a tip-off by NSCDC intelligence officers.
“Items recovered from the suspects include some sizeable quantity of rail slippers and rail tracks cut to size and other railway materials and a truck,’’ the NSCDC spokesman stated.
Manuel noted that the suspects had been assisting in investigations to unravel other culprits and sponsors in their unholy trade.
He added that the NSCDC Commandant in Enugu State, Mr Valentine Afrika, had reemphasised the resolve of the corps to deal decisively with those vandalising or tampering with social infrastructure.
“I am reminding members of the public that they play a crucial role in assisting security agencies with credible information on activities of criminal elements especially public utility vandals,’’ Manuel quoted the commandant as saying.
In the meantime, the Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested 21 commercial motorcyclists who allegedly killed a National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) personnel on April 18, in Karu.
Mr Adesina Soyemi, Commissioner of Police in the state, said this on Thursday in Lafia, while parading the suspects alongside 29 others arrested for allegedly committing various criminal offences.
He said that the Divisional Police Officer, New Karu Division, had on April 18, at about 9:30 p.m., received a distress call that commercial motorcyclists attacked an NDLEA personnel and were about to set his house ablaze.
Soyemi said upon receipt of the information, the DPO, Anti-Cultism unit and a crack team led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, swiftly mobilised to the scene at Koroduma, One man village.
He said the police on arrival at the scene, found the victim in the pool of his blood and rushed him to the hospital where the doctor confirmed him dead.
The commissioner of police said that a manhunt for the perpetrators was immediately launched, which paid off with the arrest of the 21 suspects who allegedly participated actively in the lynching of the NDLEA personnel to death.
He said that police recovered weapons including stones, metals and other hard objects used by the suspects to commit the crime as exhibits.
Soyemi added that the suspects have made useful statements on the matter and that investigation was ongoing at State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia.
The CP, who reiterated the commitment of the Command to rid the state of criminal elements, gave highlight of the feat recorded between March and April to include arrest of 12 suspected kidnappers and 11 cultists.
He said five others were arrested for sundry offences, while two firearms and two live ammunition were recovered within the period.
“The Command wants to assert firmly that the security of lives and property of every law-abiding citizen is its topmost priority and will not shirk away from this responsibility, ” he said.
“The State Police Command is, however, warning strongly, all criminal elements in the state who may be nursing agenda that are inimical to the state and security, to desist from such act.
“The police will not relent in mobilising all resources at its disposal to frontally confront and render their operations fruitless,” Soyemi said.