Police in the North West Region, Port Loko district, are investigating four people after they were arrested cutting and stealing railway lines and clips in the concession areas of African Minerals (SL) Limited.
In a statement released yesterday Tuesday 17 June, 2014, Assistant Inspector General of police, FUK Daboh said “certain unpatriotic and unscrupulous individuals are in the habit of damaging and stealing African Minerals railway lines.”
He said a case in point was the arrest in Rotapr of a taxi with registration number ADI 545 loaded with clips that had been stolen from the railway in the said village. The cab was being driven by one Alhajie Kuyateh of One Mile, Lunsar.
The largest iron ore miner in the country said it received the news of rail vandalism and theft with disappointment and had encouraged the law enforcement agency to take action and bring the perpetrators to trial. It said the act had the potential to create some challenges.
Meanwhile, a notice issued by the police in Port Loko said they wished to let the public know that the railway lines being used by AML were national assets and the protection of which was the responsibility of all citizens.
“The police also want the public to know that we protect all legitimate business investments in this country. In light of the above, we will be conducting regular armed patrols along the railway lines and anyone caught loitering near these lines will be arrested and prosecuted,” the police warned in a public notice issued to local radio stations in the district.
The suspects had been processed and transported to Freetown where they would be arraigned before the courts for trial.
Thursday June 19, 2014