198 persons arrested for railway vandalism in 2022: Police

The Commissioner of Police Railway Command, Yetunde Longe, said no fewer than 198 suspected railway vandals were arrested in different parts of the country in 2022.

Ms Longe confirmed the arrest to journalists on Wednesday in Lagos.

She said 78 of the suspects were arrested in Lagos, 40 were arrested in the Western District covering Oyo and Ogun, and 19 were arrested in North-Eastern District covering Bauchi.

The commissioner added that 11 others were arrested in Zaria, Kaduna State, and 50 in Port Harcourt and Aba in the Eastern District.

Ms Longe said railway facilities, including rail iron sleepers and clips that run into millions of naira, were recovered from the suspects.

The CP noted that the offence of vandalism of critical railway assets has increased but said that the command had put more effort into checking the trend.

Ms Longe pointed out that criminals and miscreants have continuously fed fat on railway facilities because they find them profitable. 


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