REPORTER: KEVIN EKEDIEGWU
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Anambra State has arrested four suspected persons, believed to have specialized in vandalising armoured cables and other electrical installations in and around Awka metropolis.
Parading the suspects at the Command Headquarters Awka, the State Commandant of the Corps, Mr. Edwin Osuala, said the arrest followed credible information received from a concerned citizen who saw a group of persons evacating an armoured cables from an electrical installation in Awka.
Mr. Osuala explained that the operatives of the command immediately swung into action and arrested the four suspects with bundles of vandalized armoured electric cable.
In a statement, the Public Relations Officer of the Corps, Mr. Edwin Okadigbo, said the Commandant of the Corps, gave the names of the arrested suspects as Monday Chukwu (37yrs) of Ntezi, Ebonyi State;
Okwudiri Nnaji (29yrs) of Idodo Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State;
Ikechukwu Agu (20yrs) from Ehamufu, Isiuzo Local Government Area of Enugu State; and Chinecherem Idoho, from Uboloafor Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The statement claimed that upon interrogation, the suspects all confessed to the crime and mentioned one KC now at large, as their accomplice.
The statement pointed out that preliminary investigation revealed that the armoured cables were part of the 33KV dedicated Airport Feeder from Awka Substation that supplied power to Anambra International Cargo Airport Umuleri.
It said that the NSCDC Commandant had ordered the Investigation and Intelligence Department to arrest the fleeing suspect in connection with the offence and upon completion of discreet investigation and arraign all the suspects in court.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU