Men of the Railway Command of the Nigerian Police Force have arrested three members of a syndicate that specialized in vandalizing railway tracks in different parts of the country.
The new commissioner in charge of the Railway Command, Mrs Yetunde Longe said the suspects Kelechi Ononiwu, 36, Kalu Egbe, 30 and Stanley 27 engaged the police in a gun battle a few days ago while destroying rails tracks along the Ameka/Mom rail line in Abia State.
According to Mrs Longe, the” Railway Command received a distress call from a concerned citizen that armed vandals numbering over five were sighted vandalizing rail track and removing rail sleepers and loading them into a black Toyota Hiace bus.
On the order of the Commissioner of Police, officers of Umuahia Railway Divisional Headquarters were immediately mobilized and deployed to the scene where the suspects were rounded up.
” On arriving the scene of the crime, the armed vandals on sighting the police patrol team immediately opened fire on them”
“Following strong resistance from the police team, one of the three vandals arrested sustained a bullet injury.”
According to the police, “The injured vandal is currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center Umuahia while a search is still on for other fleeing members of the gang as Investigation continues”
CP Yetunde Longe promised that she would not condone any act of vandalism of any public infrastructure under her watch.
She also urged members of the public to partner with the police by providing useful information that can help to curb the menace of vandalism of rail tracks