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Police nab Nasarawa governor’s aide, Chinese national, 16 others for vandalising rail tracks


Rail track vandals

The Nasarawa State Police Command on Thursday announced that it has apprehended the special adviser to the state governor on infrastructure, Yusuf Abubakar Musa, manager of Yong Xing Steel Company, Marra Thai and 16 other high profile suspects for their alleged involvement in rail tracks vandalism.

The Cable reported that the suspects were paraded at the command headquarters in Lafia, the State capital on Thursday.

In a statement released by the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Police, Bola Longe, those arrested were said to include officers from the police force as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“On 16/5/2021 at about 0130hrs, and 24/5/2021 at about 0300hrs, respectively, police operatives swooped on the vandals at their theatre of operation while vandalising and carting away railway tracks/slippers along Agyaragu Tofa in Lafia LGA and Angwan Alago of Kadarko district in Keana LGA.”

“The following suspects were arrested at the crime scenes: Samuel Asoloko, personnel of the Nigerian Legion; Aliyu Abdullahi; Dan Amana; Abdul Qayyumu Abubakar; Inspr. Richard Joseph attached to State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia; Sgt. Mali Peter attached to State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia; Ibrahim Amegwa Usman, a personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps attached to Arm Squad, Lafia.

“Furthermore, extensive investigation into this case led to the arrest of 11 additional suspects, namely: Jubrin Ibrahim Hayas, Yusuf Abubakar Musa, a.k.a. Yusuf Mada, special adviser to the governor of Nasarawa State on infrastructure; Mohammed Isiaka, former supervisory councillor on education, Nasarawa Eggon LGA; Marra Thai, a Chinese national and manager of Yong Xing Steel Company, Tunga Maje, Abuja.”

Other high profile personalities arrested in connection with the alleged rail tracks vandalism were listed as;

“Jacob Terlumun Emmanuel, procurement officer of the Chinese company; Samuel Shagbaor, a staff of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and the principal technical officer covering Agyaragu, Lafia and its suburbs; Umaru Dauda; Yusuf Ahmed; Abubakar Nuhu; Mohammed Abdullahi, and Nathaniel Oba, principal partner, Nathoba & Co., a law chamber in Benin city and the legal adviser to Yong Xing Steel Company Nigeria Limited.”

Report said the legal adviser was allegedly offered N600,000 to bribe the investigating team of the anti-kidnapping unit to secure the release of his client.’

The police further disclosed that some items and exhibits recovered from the suspects included:

“One Falker Mercedes Benz truck with registration number LFA 636 ZX loaded with vandalised rail tracks/slippers; one DAF with registration number T-1726 LA trailer loaded with vandalised rail tracks/slippers; N160,000 offered as bribe to secure the release of the vehicle; two white Peugeot J5 buses, one of which was [loaded] with vandalised rail tracks with registration number XU 790 ENU ENUGU and QAP 654 XA.”

According to the commissioner, an investigation into the case was still ongoing.