Army hands over six suspected vandals to Civil Defence Corps
Men of the Nigeria Army (NA) serving at Ikere Local Government Area, Ekiti State have arrested six suspects vandalising telecommunication equipment, including cables.
The suspects were consequently handed over to the State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The Corps Public Relations Officer, Mr. Afolabi Tolulope, in a statement, said the suspect were caught following a search for the vandals inside a tunnel dug to excavate cyber optic cable belonging to a telecommunication company.
The suspects paraded by the NSCDC included a policeman. Their identities were however not disclosed to reporters.
Items recovered from them included a Nissan Micra car, earthmoving equipment, digger, jack, screwdrivers, saw, saw blades and ladder.
State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr. Shem Obafaye, who said the suspects would soon be charged to court when investigations were concluded, noted that efforts were on to apprehend others outside the state.
Obafaye urged the general public “to give viable information on how to curb and arrest vandals before they vandalise critical national asset in their domain.”
He also urged contractors dealing in electrical and communications materials in the state to desist from buying stolen cables from vandals to discourage them from perpetrating the act.
According to him, the state command would soon embark on the search for dealers in such stolen cables.
The Commandant praised the cooperation between the Army and the corps, which he said had been producing positive results to rid the society of criminals.
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