The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said it has arrested four suspects and intercepted a truck that conveyed large quantities of vandalised rail tracks concealed inside iron scraps.

In a statement signed and released by the Corps Spokesperson, Babawale Afolabi, on Thursday, the arrest was made by the Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad of the NSCDC.

Afolabi said the truck and the four suspects were intercepted along the Lafia-Akwanga-Abuja expressway, Sabon Pagi, Lafia Nasarawa State on Monday.

He added that the four suspects have been taken into custody for further investigations and action.

The statement read, “On August 14, 2023, about 10: 30hrs, the CG’s Special Intelligence Squad, who are on specialised operation to checkmate nefarious activities of rail line vandals, arrested four suspected vandals who disguised as scavengers.

“It was later discovered that the suspects have vandalised rail track irons and concealed them inside scrap iron materials before loading the vandalized rail track irons into a truck that will convey them to the buyers.”

“Details of the truck were given as an articulated DAF truck with registration number BSA 899XA and the four suspected vandals are 27 years old Anasi Ali who is the driver of the truck. Others are Yusuf Idris, 25, Hafis Idris, 18 and Nasiru Abdullahi, 28, who served as an escort.

“Items recovered from the vandals are; a DAF truck, large quantities of offloaded scrap irons and large quantities of vandalised railways irons.”

The  Corps said preliminary investigation revealed that the vandals loaded the rail truck irons and slippers in Makurdi, Benue State, and concealed it inside scrap irons to disguise them as scraps and were the vandalized products to an undisclosed iron and steel company in Ilorin, Kwara State before they were intercepted and arrested.

Meanwhile, the Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi has ordered a full-scale investigation after which the suspects will be charged to court.