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Snapshots: Army Busts Kaduna Rail Track Vandals, Arrests 47 Suspects

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Officers and men of 1 Division Nigerian Army stationed in Kaduna apprehended 47 suspected rail track vandals during the week.

A statement issued by the army on Saturday said the arrests occurred during a routine patrol along the Kakau Daji- Anguwan Ayaba route, where the suspects were caught in the act of loading vandalized rail tracks onto trucks.

According to the Acting Commander of 1 Division Provost Group, Lt Col IY Rena, initial investigations revealed that the suspects were employed by Alhaji Babawo, who remains at large, to carry out these illicit activities.

Speaking at the parade of the suspects at 312 Artillery Regiment Kaduna, Lt Col Rena emphasized the gravity of the crime and detailed efforts underway to apprehend the gang leader.

During a subsequent visit to the crime scene, authorities confirmed the presence of concealed rail tracks awaiting transport.

Upon handing over the suspects to the Nigeria Railway Corporation authorities at Kaduna Station, represented by Divisional Crime Officer ASP Inuwa Dahiru, Lt Col Rena urged heightened security measures to protect railway infrastructure from further attacks.

ASP Dahiru, in turn, lauded the Nigerian Army for its swift action and collaboration with other security agencies in addressing pervasive security challenges in the region.

He assured that thorough investigations would precede the suspects’ prosecution, aiming to deter others from similar criminal acts.

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