Police operatives attached to Kataeregi arrests three suspects for allegedly stealing rail tracks.
The police identified the suspects as Yusuf Ibrahim age 35yrs ‘m’ of Sabo, Kasuwa Zungeru and Abubakar Makeri age 25yrs ‘m’ of Kpakungu Minna.
The suspects were arrested with a canter truck with Reg. No. AGR 34 XA loaded with 80 pieces of rail slippers along Kataeregi-Minna road.
During interrogation, the said Abubakar Makeri confessed to have vandalized and stolen the rail tracks at Kataeregi, while he contracted Yusuf Ibrahim who is the driver of the vehicle to convey the tracks to Gwari Market, Minna.
The police said the case is under investigation, and the suspects will be charged to court immediately the investigation is concluded.
Similarly, on 22/03/2021 at about 0130hrs, based on credible information received, Police operatives of the same division arrested another 17 suspects for stealing rail tracks.
The police identified the suspects as Mohammed Usman Shehu 20yrs, Shehu Garba 20yrs driver, Adamu Dan Asabe 22yrs driver, Salisu Bashiru 30yrs driver,Yunusa Suleiman 18yrs driver, Mohammed Bello 35yrs, Sadiq Bello 19yrs, Isyaku Garba 20yrs, Yahaya Abubakar 20yrs, Rufai Adamu 16yrs, Adamu Abdulrahaman 25yrs, Aminu Kabiru 16yrs, Idrisu Adamu 20yrs, Abdulkareem musa 25yrs, Abdullahi Tajudeen 16yrs, Mustapha Musa 15yrs
Shamsu Saidu 17yrs, all ‘m’ of Kodo/Beji Minna.
The suspects were sighted vandalizing the rail tracks along Esheti-Elegi village of Kataeregi, Katcha LGA while a police patrol team was mobilized to the scene and intercepted three canter trucks with Reg. no. RBC 356 ZN, GWA 629 XT and the third vehicle without Reg. no. loaded with rail tracks driven by Salisu Basiru, Shehu Garba and Yunusa Suleiman all ‘m’ of Kodo village Minna.
One other empty truck without Reg. no. driven by one Adamu Dan-Asabe ‘m’ of Babban Gada, Bosso Minna was equally intercepted and arrested. The four drivers and thirteen labourers were all apprehended and taken into custody.
During interrogation, Mohammed Usman Shehu confessed to have been contracted by one Alhaji Idris ‘m’ of Kaduna presently at large to mobilize vehicles to evacuate the rail tracks to Maitumbi, Minna. Meanwhile, investigation is ongoing and all the suspects will be arraiganed in Federal High Court, Minna under Miscellanous Offences Act for prosecution as soon as investigation is concluded.
The Command under the leadership of CP Adamu Usman will continue to redouble its effort in protecting life and properties in the State, while members of the public are equally urged to continue to give useful information to the Police, as this is an effort of co-operation between the local community and the Police.
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