FG: Security agents, Civilians join culprits in railway tracks vandalism

FG: Security agents, Civilians join culprits in railway tracks vandalism

The Nigeria Railway Corporation says some police and soldiers join Civilian culprits in railway tracks vandalism, amid calls for deployment of technology to security the nation’s national asset. Mr. Fidet Okhiria, managing Director of Corporation which is an Agency of the federal government made the allegation on Friday when he featured on the Nigerian Television

The Nigeria Railway Corporation says some police and soldiers join Civilian culprits in railway tracks vandalism, amid calls for deployment of technology to security the nation’s national asset.

FIVE SUSPECTED NIGERIAN RAILWAY VANDALS IN KADUNA STATE WITH RAILWAY EQUIPMENT. PHOTO: CREDIT LINDA IKEJI’S BLOG

Mr. Fidet Okhiria, managing Director of Corporation which is an Agency of the federal government made the allegation on Friday when he featured on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Good morning Nigeria programme, monitored on Thursday by TheNewspad.com

He said: “I do not think that Nigerians are bad, but I am sad to say this. We have found out ourselves that in a situation whereby the police is arresting police. Railway police will arrest police.

We saw that in Enugu State, police will arrest railway police for vandalism.

“In Benue for instance, police arrested Army; Army arrested police for railway tracks vandalism. So, it means that there is a lot of collusion going on. So, we have to expose this things that are happening”, he lamented.

As part of measures to compliment existing security measures put in place by the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Okhiria revealed that the Corporation in collaboration with the ministry of Transportation, is considering the deployment of technology to provide extra security to protect the rail system.

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He lamented that but for the lack of patriotism by some Nigerians, the huge amount of money on the technology would have been used to either provide or extend additional railway rolling stock for the Country.

Okhiria said: “We can’t do otherwise, but to deeply technology through satellite to ensure that if a bird touches the rail, or somebody is citing the rail tracks down, we can see it and respond quickly”.

According to him, “What we are doing immediately is to encourage and give incentives to security that we have in our system.

“We have a full Command of the Nigerian police with a Commissioner of police heading the team. We also have a full Command of NSCD headed by a Commandant. We are encouraging them to go out and ensure that they prosecute properly.

The MD of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, also called on relevant Stakeholders to urgently activate and implement relevant laws that will to tighten the noose against Railway and other national assets vandalism.

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