Group recommends life sentencing for rail tracks vandals

…Says action threat to national security

A non-partisan civil society group, Security, Economic and Development Initiative (SEDI) has recommended life sentencing for rail tracks vandals, saying “some unscrupulous persons were using their hands to destroy what they are supposed to protect.”

The group said their actions constitutes huge economic sabotage that is a threat to national security.

SEDI in a press release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Abiodun Daniels, commended the Armed forces of Nigeria for going after culprits involved in the vandalization of rail tracks in the country.

Blueprint reports that troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army in Kaduna while on routine patrol along Kakau Daji-Anguwan Ayaba in Chikun Local Government Area of the state arrested 47 suspected rail track vandals.

The suspects had loaded two trucks with the vandalised rail tracks before their arrest.

Also, operatives of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia, Kaduna state intercepted three trailers loaded with vandalised railway track materials, discreetly concealed within animal feeds.

This interception occurred at Makyali in Kachia Local Government Area.

The group further described vandalization of rail tracks as wicked, evil and intent to commit murder.

According to SEDI, “It is wicked, evil and murderous to remove rail tracks and expose rail passengers to danger, which in some instances could lead to fatalities.

“SEDI is therefore saying that anyone found guilty of rail tracks vandalism should face life imprisonment to serve as a deterrent to intending vandals.

“We use this opportunity to commend troops of the Armed forces of Nigeria under the Chief of Defence Staff General Chris Musa for going after the vandals. The vandals, wherever they are must be apprehended, tried and face the music for their wicked and callous behavior,” SEDI added.