Police Nab Suspected Vandals Of Electricity Transformer In Abia

power-cable-vandalsPolice have arrested some persons suspected to have vandalised transformers of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Sub-Station in Abia State.

The Abia State Police Command said the suspects vandalised a facility at Omoba in Isilangwa South Local Government Area of Abia State.

According to the command, intensified anti-crime campaign with renewed vigour aimed to ridding the state of criminals led to the arrest of the suspected criminals.

About 20 suspects were paraded at the Police Headquarters in Bende Road, Umuahia.

Part of the figure were other suspects involved in various crime – armed robbery, fraud, faking and forging of vehicle license, proof of ownership and other sensitive government documents amongst others.

Also among them were four suspected cultist of Covenant Polytechnic, Aba, who are all final year students pursuing a National Diploma.

The police said that all the suspects have confessed to the crime.

Items recovered from them include, one locally made double barrel shortgun, two live cartridges, one machete, two rolls of heavy armoured cables worth thousands of Naira and two jacks as well as some substance suspected to be cocaine.

One of the suspects, Prince Okoroafor, an indigene of Amaekpu ,Ohafia and a car washer at Aba, claimed that it was his first attempt at vandalising government’s installation.

He also said that he was lured into the business by a friend – an indigene of Omoba where the heavy armoured cables were stolen – but was unaware that his friend was notorious for vandalising government’s infrastructure.

”My friend called me to escort him to his village that he has a business for us but I did not know that it involved vandalising, as soon as I got close to the armoured cable with the okada man, the villagers quickly surrounded us and I looked around but my friend was gone,” he told reporters.

His friend is currently on the police list as a wanted criminal and all efforts are being put in place to track him down and arrest him for the crime.

The Police Commissioner in the State, Adeleye Oyebade, said that the strategies put in place by his management team in combating crime yielded the desired results.

He told reporters that the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers had been mandated to explore intelligence-led policing, community policing and involvement of Eminent People’s Forum in tackling crime.

These efforts, according to the Commissioner of Police, require the involvement of citizens and would assist to chase away the criminals from the state.

He warned hoodlums to stay clear, as all the exit and entry points to the state were secure, with officers strategically positioned to checkmate any criminal activity.

Umuahia Homicide: Hospital Awaits Autopsy Go-Ahead

Nigeria_Police_Armoured_Personnel_CarrierThe Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia Imo State, is awaiting a go-ahead to carry out an autopsy on the two persons who were killed at the Bar Cum Hotel, Uyo Street, Umuahia, Abia state.

Three among the six people rushed to the hospital on Tuesday, have recovered while one is still in the Intensive Care Unit of the Federal Medical Centre.

All attempts to get information from the patients were blocked. Meanwhile, the hospital management said they were still awaiting the results of the blood samples.

Investigation has followed the homicide that has left people within the neighbourhood in fear as they said it was caused by an unknown ghost.

When Channels Television visited the scene of the incident, Police had cordoned off the street to forestall unwarranted action or breakdown of law and order.

Eyewitness said that the occupants of the building claimed that it was an unknown ghost that caused the deaths.

He narrated that the coming of the hotel in the neighbourhood had led to all manner of crimes, hinting that the latest incident was the second time such was happening in a row.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner in the state, Adeleye Oyebade, confirmed the death of the two persons and said that the other four involved in the incident were presently recuperating at the Accident and Emergency Unit of Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia.

Although reporters were not allowed to ask questions or take shots, the crowd outside the emergency unit equally were not allowed to give out any information.

Mr Adeleye has also urged Abia residents to go about their lawful duties, as Police were on top of the issue.

He said that investigations were still ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the death and injuries inflicted on the people.