Railway tracks and sleepers in viral video not stolen, says Railways Ministry

The Ministry of Railways Development said it sanctioned the harvesting and transportation of the tracks and sleepers. The Police Service is still holding two suspects

The Ministry of Railways Development has said that the railway tracks and sleepers shown in a video clip which has gone viral on social media were not stolen items as has been reported in the press.

The Railways Ministry said it sanctioned the transportation of the tracks and sleepers.

“Ghana has started the construction of standard-gauge railway lines from Tema to Mpakadan on the extended Eastern Corridor, and from Takoradi Port to Huni Valley on the Western Line, as per the railway masterplan. Thus, the ministry is in the process of decommissioning the narrow-gauge lines,” the statement said.

“Thus, the vehicle seen in the viral video, transporting some of the rail tracks harvested by Messrs Xingrui International Development Limited, was authorised by the ministry and [the lorry load was] not [a] stolen item.

“We further wish to conclude that Messrs Xingrui International Development Limited is not undertaking the harvesting and transporting of the railway tracks illegally as being purported in the video under reference, but [is] working under the directives of the ministry,” the statement added.

Below is the full statement:


Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service has arrested two individuals in connection with transporting the railway tracks and sleepers.

The suspects, Ibrahim John and Bashiru Ibrahim, were arrested when the video went viral.

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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