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Warri Itakpe rail track vandals arrested

By Henry Okoduwa

Friday May 14, 2021

 

Five of the hoodlums that vandalised the Warri Itakpe rail track has been arrested by the police.

Newwavereporters had exclusively stumbled on a footage initially thought to be that of plans to derail the train lines with the aim of causing mass deaths of unsuspecting commuters along the route which stretches from Itakpe in Kogi State to Warri in Delta State.

Visuals made available to us on Thursday showed some men assumed to be officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) inspecting the damage done to the integrity of the iron-cast train lines situated along the Itakpe-Warri axis, as the vandals tried to disengage the hinges with welding instruments.

But fresh facts have shown that the vandals actually wanted to disengage the malleable metals on the rail lines for money-making purposes.

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According to reports, five middle-aged men have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police in Delta State for allegedly vandalising the newly rehabilitated rail track of the Nigeria Railway Corporation along its Warri-Itakpe axis.

The vandals were said to have surreptitiously severed several sections of the track around Kilometre 30, Adogo (Kogi State) section of the rail.

Officials of the NRC reportedly discovered the vandalisation two days ago.

In a bid to enhance railway transport services in the country, the Muhammadu Buhari administration embarked on massive a rehabilitation of the rail lines in the country since taking the reins as Nigeria’s president in 2015.

The Itakpe-Warri rail project was inaugurated by the Federal Government in September 2020.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State Command, Bright Edafe, could not be reached for confirmation of the incident as of the time of filing this report.

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