Police arraign two for alleged rail tracks theft in Benue.

Police in Benue on Friday arraigned two persons, Usman Aliyu and Monday Mbah, at the Makurdi Upper Area Court 2B for allegedly destroying and stealing railway tracks in the state.

The duo were arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, willful destruction of public property and theft.

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The Police prosecutor, Insp. Rachael Mchiave, told the court that the case was transferred from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Igumale, Ado local government area of the state to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) Makurdi, via a letter No. AR:3100 BNS AD/VOL.1/40 and dated January 24, 2023.

She said the police received reports that some youths in Utonkon area of the state were vandalising and stealing railway tracks in the area.

The prosecutor said: โ€œA team of policemen led by Innocent Ekere rushed to the scene and arrested some suspects with 355 pieces of railway iron recovered from them.

โ€They were all later arraigned before the Upper Area Court II, Makurdi.

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โ€œAliyu and Mbah who were hitherto at large were later arrested while others were still at large.โ€

The offence, according to her, contravened the provisions of Sections 97 and 288 of the Panel Code Law, 2004 and Section 1(3) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004.

The Magistrate, Mrs. Dooshima Ikpambese, ordered the defendants to be remanded in the Federal Maximum Correctional Centre, Makurdi.

She, thereafter, adjourned the case till February 17 for further mention

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