Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a Chinese national and the Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Sule on Infrastructures and 15 others over alleged vandalism of rail line facilities.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bola Longe, confirmed this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Lafia.
He said other suspects arrested in connection with the crime included two policemen an Inspector and a Sergent attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia; and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Longe explained that the suspects were arrested in two separate operations while vandalising and carting away railway tracks and sleepers on May 16, and May 24, in Agyaragun Tofa in Lafia and Kadarko in Keana Local Government Areas of the state.
The commissioner said that the Chinese, a manager of a Steel Company in Tunga Maje, FCT Abuja, was arrested as the alleged buyer of the items.
He said that items recovered included two articulated trucks and two buses loaded with vandalised rail line facilities.
Preliminary investigation into the cases so far revealed that it is a grand conspiracy involving high net worth individuals who act as sponsors and drivers of various syndicates that specialise in vandalising Nigeria railway lines in different parts of the state.
The commissioner said an investigation was ongoing into the matter at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia.