The Federal Government is considering the death penalty for anyone who vandalises railway equipments.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi stated this in Abuja on Monday at a townhall meeting.
The Nigeria Railway Corporation has in the past month arrested no fewer than 9 persons at different points of the railway line: first along the Abuja-Kaduna railway, secondly at Warri-Itakpe axis and most recently in Dalle Village of Jema’a LGA, where two trucks loaded with locomotive railway sleepers were recovered.
”I am not quantifying the material cost; what I am quantifying is the lives that will be lost,” Ameachi said at the town hall meeting. Imagine that a driver of a rail track is driving and suddenly bumps into a track that has been severed, what happens? It will derail.”
“If it derails, can you quantify how many passengers that would have died in the course of one man thinking he is making money?
”Some people have recommended that since these people are killing people, if an accident happens people will die, so we should go back to the National Assembly and pass a law that does not only criminalise the action but consequences should be death.”