Operatives of Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested five suspects for stealing 28 iron ballasts meant for rail lines in some parts of Lagos metropolis.
The five suspects, who said they are scrap metal dealers, were intercepted inside a Vanagon bus by the operatives at 1:15 a.m on Friday in Agege. The suspects include Hameed Atairu (25), Akeem Muritala (23), Lawal Muritala (25), Tunde Olatunji (27) and the driver of the bus, Sarafa Ishola (38).
The suspects in their statements to the police stated that an official of the Nigerian Railway Corporation sold the iron to them. However, preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the iron ballast were stolen from where they were packed for use.
Further investigations revealed that the iron ballast was meant for the basement of rail lines. The suspects, three of whom are ex-convicts, explained that they raised N35,000 among themselves to pay for the iron ballast.