The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested two suspects for allegedly vandalising railway slippers and attempting to bribe police officers with the sum of N160,000.
The suspects, Mohammed Abdullahi and Abubakar Nuhu, were arrested by men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the command headed by CSP Anietie Eyoh.
According to reports gathered, the suspects had already loaded the slippers onto a truck with number plate T-1726LA when the information was received by CSP Anietie and he mobilised his men to the scene.
The suspects upon sighting the Police officers, were said to have ran into a thick forest. Two were later arrested and allegedly offered N160,000 as bribe to the officers which they rejected.
One of the suspect, in his statement claimed he was contracted by his Boss to accompany him to buy rail slippers from one Mr Godwin, who allegedly vandalised the items in Agyaragu Tofa, Lafia Local Government Area, and Angwan Alago in the Kadarko District, Keana Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “I am a businessman, who sells food items. I heard there are many companies in Ogun State, which buy the vandalised items, because that’s where we were taking the items to before the police arrested us. I actually thought they were scrap iron; that was why I got myself involved in this mess. This is my first time engaging in this act and I really regret my action,” he explained.
Confirming the arrest on Monday June 7, the State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, stated that the suspects had been in the business of buying and selling of rail tracks and slippers from suspected vandals for long, but ran out of luck when the command got information about their activities.