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  • Updated: April 16, 2024

Katsina: Police thwarts cable theft, arrest one

Katsina: Police thwarts cable theft, arrest one

The Katsina State Police Command, in partnership with vigilante members, has arrested Urwatu Habibu of Kofar Guga Quarters for vandalising and stealing armoured wires.

According to ASP Abubakar Aliyu Sadiq, the Command's Public Relations Officer, the 20-year-old suspect known as "Dandamaso" was apprehended on April 4, 2024, at around 1200 hrs, along Ring Road in Katsina city with a huge amount of aluminium cables suspected of being stolen.

ASP Sadiq stated that the suspect was unable to provide a sufficient description of how he obtained the evidence throughout the inquiry. He ultimately admitted to doing the offence.

Dandamaso also mentioned one Abubakar Kabir, also known as Abu Tirai, who is now at large, as his collaborator," Sadiq added.

The suspect was also claimed to have admitted to earlier taking aluminium cables from the same location and disposing of them through their recipient (name withheld), who is currently at large.

ASP Sadiq disclosed that attempts are underway to apprehend the fleeing individuals as the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, have arrested an official of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and five other suspects for vandalising and stealing a transformer.

This was made known in a statement by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, on Friday. 

She said, “The operatives of the FCT Police Command, on April 11, 2024, at about 10:45p., acting on credible intelligence, trailed and arrested six suspects, namely Kabiru Muhammed, Aliyu Usman, Abdulmalik Alhasassan, Shafi’u Suleiman, Suleiman Ibrahim, and Raymond Mailabari, who is an AEDC staff member, all males of Tipper Garage, Mpape, Abuja, for vandalising and stealing a transformer.

“The suspects were trying to escape with an already vandalised transformer they had loaded on a crane truck in Maitama when police operatives swooped in and apprehended them.

“The vandalised transformer, a crane truck, a blue Mercedes Benz with number plate. PKN 497 XA, a white J5 bus with number plate RBC 228 XC, and an ash Peugeot 406 car with the number plate. GSN 13 AA belonging to the AEDC staff member were all recovered,” the statement reads.

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