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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

Six electricity transformer vandals nabbed in Yobe

Six electricity transformer vandals nabbed in Yobe

The Yobe State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has detained six individuals for allegedly vandalising transformers and electrical substations in Damaturu.

Adamu Zakari, State Commandant of the NSCDC, disclosed this while parading the suspects in Damaturu on Wednesday.

“On April 14, at about 6:00 a.m., NSCDC operatives arrested 18-year-old Adamu Abdullahi and 19-year-old Isa Umar for allegedly vandalising armoured cables behind the Yobe State Secretariat Complex in Damaturu,” Zakari said.

He stated that a resident of Waziri Ibrahim Estate had raised an alert, resulting in the arrest of the culprits.

According to the commandant, the vandalised armoured cable seized from the accused is around 20 metres of 50mm pure copper single-core cable worth over N1.2 million. He disclosed that subsequent inquiry linked three more individuals to the cable vandalism and theft.

According to Zakari, the suspects admitted to committing the crime and are collaborating with the investigating team. He further stated that the accused readily acknowledged vandalising multiple transformers in Damaturu city.

Zakari stated that on April 6, residents of Nayi Nawa Tsallake in Damaturu detained and handed over Umar Mustapha, 34, for allegedly vandalising a power substation.

He shared that materials discovered from the suspects included a ladder, a safety helmet, pliers, a pair of safety hand gloves, a safety waist belt with a lanyard, a safety booth, and phoney identity cards, among other things.

He added that investigations indicated that some of the suspects were former ad hoc workers of Yola Electricity Distribution firm (YEDC) who were put off by the firm.

The commandant stated that the accused would be prosecuted in court once the investigations were completed.

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