NSCDC intercepts 970 stolen railway slippers in Nasarawa
The Nasarawa State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps says it has intercepted a heavy-duty truck which was conveying no fewer than 970 railway slippers to an unknown destination.
State Commandant of the NSCDC, Abass Muhammed, disclosed this during a Press Conference organised at the Command’s headquarter on Thursday in Lafia.
He explained that the command, in its resolve to ensure that government infrastructures and properties in the state were protected, came up with strategies aimed at tracking down vandals across the 13 local government areas of the state.
“We have been making efforts to ensure that government infrastructures that are in Nasarawa state are protected and I am happy that we are making progress.
“I thank our colleagues in Benue State because they supported us in recovering these vandalised 970 railway slippers which was being taken to an unknown destination.
“We intercepted the truck at Kadarko in Keana Local Government Area here in Nasarawa State, but we did not see the vandals in the vehicle when it finally stopped.
“I have directed officers of the command to go after them and ensure that they are arrested. Investigation is also ongoing to know all those involved and also to know the destination of the vehicle and where it took off from,” he added.
Also speaking, North-Central District Manager of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Frank Ajoku, appealed to residents of the state to always be vigilant and not allow vandals to cause a setback to the growth of the state.
“The attitude of people going about vandalising our railway materials has to stop. It is illegal to carryout such an act which is capable of causing a set back to the state and the nation.
“The Federal Government invested heavily in railway infrastructure in order to ensure that our country is developed so I see no reason why some individuals will derive joy in stealing the railway materials. I’m appealing that we should be patriotic citizens and have a change of attitude,” he added.