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NSCDC arrests two truckloads, retrieves vandalised railway slippers

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Niger State Command of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has arrested two trucks filled with vandalized railway slippers from Bosso and Paiko local government areas of the state.

The vehicles were intercepted by the anti-vandals squad of the corps following credible intelligence.

Niger State Commandant of NSCDC Ahmed Mohammed Dandare informed journalists in Minna.

He stated: “Following a tip-off, men of the command arrested this Tuesday an articulated truck with registration number FGE 682 ZS Kano, loaded with railway slippers at Paiko in Paikoro Local Government Council of the state.”

Dandare disclosed that one of the truck drivers, Ahmed Lawan, 25, from Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, in his statement said he agreed to convey the items to Ilorin, Kwara State for one million Naira.

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According to the suspect, he had already received the sum of N100,000 as upfront payment as the balance of N900,000 would be paid on delivery in Ilorin.

The commandant, however, said the suspect also claimed the money paid to him had been used to settle the locals who blocked the road and refused to allow the truck to leave their community.

In a similar development, another truck loading railway slippers at Garatu village in Bosso LGA was intercepted as the driver escaped arrest and abandoned the truck.

“We will continue to keep 24 hours surveillance on all local government facilities in Niger State. The Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has directed state commandants to deal ruthlessly with any individual or group found vandalising public assets,” Dandare said.

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