Nigeria: Railway Corporation Apprehends Vandals

Nigeria: Railway Corporation Apprehends Rail Clips Vandals

The Northern District, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) Zaria has arrested a syndicate that specializes at stealing rail clips that hold sleepers and rail together in Zaria.

It would be recalled that on May 1, a train loaded with water pipes from Lagos to Zaria derailed around Unguwar Kanawa axis, opposite Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna  as a result of vandals activities.

Alhaji Haruna Sabo, Northern District Engineer Zaria, told newsmen  on Saturday in Zaria that the thieves were arrested by the staff of the district office at Sayen-Dumbi Section along Zaria to Kaduna axis on Friday.

One of the suspects, Sabitu Kabiru, a resident of Tariyar Sarki in Zaria Local Government Area said that it was their first outing and it was unsuccessful.

According to Kabiru, his friend Umar Faruk, who is now at large, is the one who specializes in removing the clips.

“He ran away when NRC personnel attempted to arrest them,” he said.

Similarly, Sabi’u Shehu, a resident of Tariyar Sarki of Dutsen Abba Ward in Zaria Local Government Area said he used to buy irons from the suspect (Sabitu Kabiru) but denied buying stolen railways properties from him.

The District Engineer said the railways inspection and maintenance unit has provided and assigned personnel to manned trenches of rail lines; on daily basis, the personnel were expected to be on patrol of such trenches.

He said while these personnel were on duty, they saw the vandals removing bolt and knots and rail clips from the tracks;  the clips hold the sleepers and rail together.

He noted that removing bolt and knot as well as rail clips from the track is one of the reasons for derailing, leading to catastrophic accidents.

He said the vandals have already been handed over to the Railway Police in Zaria for further investigation with a view to apprehending the collaborators.

He stressed that police investigation has led to the arrest of the buyer of the stolen items.

He said railway line is public property, safe guarding it is a collective responsibility between the corporation and the public.

He appealed for support from the public to address the challenge. 

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