The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a special adviser to the state governor, Abdullahi Sule, along with 16 others for allegedly looting railway equipment in Lafia and Kaena Local Government Area of the state.
The commissioner of police, CP Bola Longe, made the announcement on Thursday in Lafia, while presenting the suspects at the security headquarters, The Punch reported.
According to him, the suspects have been in the business of vandalisation of railway tracks and slippers for a long time until police got informed of the criminal act and mobilized for their arrest.
“The Command developed a strategic anti-vandalism template to arrest the tide of this unwholesome scenerio. It is gratifying to note that this template paid off when police operatives swooped on the vandals at their theatre of operation while vandalising and carting away railway tracks/slippers along Agyaragu Tofa in Lafia Local Government Area and Angwan Alago of Kadarko district in Keana Local Government Area”, he said.
When questioned on his criminal activities, the governor’s aide, said he did not know that the goods sold to him were stolen.
“I am a businessman. I have an agent that supplies things to me and I believed in him. The agent is dead. He died last month in an accident along Akwanga/Nasarawa Eggon road. It was the first time they brought the railway tracks and slippers to me. After buying, I sold it for N3.6 million.”
Among the suspects were two police officers, NSCDC officers, as well as one Chinese national.