The Police Command in Niger has arrested 19 suspects for allegedly vandalising rail tracks in Katcha and Bosso Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP. Wasiu Abiodun said this in a statement in Minna on Thursday.
Abiodun said 17 of the suspects were arrested at Esheti-Elegi, Katcha LGA.
He explained that a police patrol team intercepted three trucks: two with registration numbers; RBC 356 ZN and GWA 629 XT, but the third without registration number, all loaded with the rail tracks.
The PPRO said during interrogation, one of the suspects confessed that he was contracted by someone in Kaduna State, now at large, to convey the rail tracks to Maitumbi in Minna.
Abiodun further explained that another truck with registration number, AGR34XA, conveying 80 pieces of rail slippers, was intercepted on March 17 on the Kataeregi-Minna road.
He said the suspects would be charged to court when the investigation was concluded.