No fewer than four suspected vandals have been arrested by operatives of the Anambra State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The suspects were nabbed on November 4, 2023 for allegedly vandalising the electricity armoured cable that powers the Chinua Achebe International Airport in Umueri part of the state.
According to the NSCDC State Commandant, Edwin Osuala, who paraded the suspects in Awka, on Friday, the suspects specialise in vandalising armoured wires and other electrical facilities.
Osuala said the arrest came as a result of timely and credible intelligence provided to the Corps by a diligent Awka resident.
The NSCDC Commandant stated that, “The Command received a distress call about 6:30 am on Monday, Nov. 4, 2023, reporting that a group of people were vandalising armoured cable behind the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square Awka.
“Upon the information, operatives of the command swung into action and arrested four suspects with bundles of vandalized armoured electric cable.”
The arrested persons, all males, are “Monday Chukwu, aged 37 from Ntezi Ebonyi State, Okwudiri Nnaji, aged 29, from Idodo Nkanu East Enugu State, Agu Ikechukwu, aged 20 from Ehamufu Isiuzo Local Government Area (LGA), Enugu State, and Chinecherem Idoho, from Uboloafor Udenu, Enugu State,” he said.
The State Commandant directed the Investigation and Intelligence Department to activate the mechanism for apprehending other fleeing suspects in connection with the crime.
He said after thorough investigation, all suspects would be arraigned in court.
Osuala frowned at the operations of power installation vandals in the state, who he described as economic saboteurs and warned that anyone found would face the full force of the law.
He called on residents in the state to partner with security operatives by providing credible information to allow security agencies to discharge their duties adequately.