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Air Force arrests rail track vandals in Enugu

“The two suspects were arrested alongside two dismissed NAF personnel who served as their escorts.”

• May 24, 2021
Commissioner of Police in Enugu, Mohammad Aliyu
Commissioner of Police in Enugu, Mohammad Aliyu

Four persons have been arrested by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for alleged vandalism of railway tracks and accessories belong to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) in Enugu.

The commander of 553 Base Services Group, NAF, Enugu, Air Commodore Isaiah Taiwo, handed over the suspects and recovered items to the Enugu state police on Monday at NAF Base, Enugu.

Mr Taiwo said that items recovered include a truckload of railway track lanes and accessories, one pump action gun, two live bullets, Scania truck with registration number APP 523 XS.

The commander said that the suspects would be charged for alleged conspiracy and theft of public property.

“On May 21, at about 00:52 a.m., two suspects, Paul Obieze of 24 Ajayi Street, Opposite Medical Road, Benin City, and Nwankwo Onyedika, a security officer to Utamazi Unit at Mburu-Anusi in Enugu State were arrested.

“They were arrested around Airport Roundabout in Enugu by NAF personnel on internal security patrol with a truckload of vandalised rail tracks belonging to the NRC.

“The two suspects were arrested alongside two dismissed NAF personnel who served as their escorts.

“Further interrogation revealed that they were en route to Onitsha, Anambra State, to sell off the stolen goods when their truck was intercepted.

“The suspects were subsequently detained at Air Provost Wing of 553 Base Services Group,” he said.

According to the commander, NAF is a professional and disciplined force and that they would continue to work assiduously with other security services to get rid of criminal elements in the society.

Receiving the suspects, the Commissioner of Police in Enugu, Mohammad Aliyu, lauded the NAF internal security patrol team as well as the synergy that exists between the NAF and the Nigeria Police, adding that due diligence and discreet investigation would be carried out on the matter.


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