The Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has detained three suspected vandals and cable thieves for unauthorised possession of communication cables.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Command Spokeswoman Comfort Okomanyi said that the suspects were apprehended near the House on the Rock Church Junction, along the Airport road, with fibre cables that were identified as government property.
“The arrested suspects are Peter Kile, “M,” 27, of Vandeikya LGA, Benue State; Akanuge Samuel, “M,” 27, of Konshisha LGA, Benue State; and Justin Tundu, “M,” 31, of Konshisha LGA, Benue State.
“They will be turned over for prosecution after thorough investigations,” she said.
The suspects were apprehended by the NSCDC FCT Command Patrol team after intelligence information that several criminals disguised as engineers pretended to be participating in cable works with the intent of vandalising and carrying away cables.
Olusola Odumosu, the FCT Commandant of the NSCDC, expressed displeasure at the amount of vandalism and damage of infrastructure in the territory, but vowed to launch a more aggressive offensive against criminals and vandals defacing the capital area.
“We’re going to flush out the vandals from FCT.” Thank goodness, you’re starting to witness the benefits of our revived patrol squads.
“We will step up our efforts to apprehend them all, and more arrests will be made in due course.”
“These three suspects vandalised and carted away fibre cables, but luckily for them, the keen eyes of my patrol teams foiled their plans.”
“We will deal with them decisively in accordance with the existing laws in order to serve as a deterrent to others,” Odumosu assured.
The FCT Commandant further stated that the Command is collaborating with sister agencies within the FCT to sanitise the Federal Capital Territory by restoring peace and maintaining sufficient security.
He commended the FCT Minister, Barr. Nyesom Wike, for his policy instructions on security and general development of the FCT, which the NSCDC has embraced in order to provide better service to all people.
He cautioned vandals, hoodlums, scavengers, and other criminals that there is nowhere to hide in Abuja anymore.
Odumosu also promised round-the-clock surveillance of all infrastructure in the FCT, despite the fact that his officers and men are fully deployed.