Thw regional District manager of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Mr. Ola Adeeyinwo has blamed the lack of progress in completing the ongoing National railway project in the eastern corridor on incessant vandalism.
Adeeyinwo,while speaking to the News Agency Of Nigeria, (NAN) in Enugu disclosed that due to the nefarious activities, the rail track between Aba-to-Port Harcourt was the only line now functioning in the region.
“We have recorded a lot of vandalism within Isiagu-Uzuakoli-Mbaeke-Umuhia sections and Emene-Ogui-Ogbete sections of the Eastern Corridors.
“In some places, a whole rail track line, which includes the rail slippers, clips, bolts and long iron bars are completely removed by the vandals,’’ he said.
Adeeyinwo added that the rate of vandalism had been overwhelming to the extent that the few police personnel attached to the corporation could no longer contend with the criminals.
“We are calling for help from other security agencies to put to rest the evil act because it may stop train services completely in the Eastern Corridor,’’ he said.
He revealed that the property vandalised or stolen amounted to millions of dollars because most of them were imported.
NAN recalls that recently the Nigerian Railway Police Command in Enugu arrested 14 persons in connection with alleged vandalism and theft of property belonging to the corporation.
The suspects included two policemen, who were allegedly aiding and shielding the suspects.
They were allegedly caught with irons for rail brake control, rail wagon parts, rail wagon wheels, clips of rail slippers, rail slippers, amoured rail doors, sheets of zinc and rail cables.
The command said an SUV, five tricycles, two mini-buses, two trucks, four gas cylinders and a big cutter were recovered from the suspects.