Makurdi - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Benue , on Tuesday said it arrested 126 vandals between July and December 2013.
The Commandant, Stephen Lar, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.
Lar said they comprised vandals of NITEL cables, NNPC pipelines, PHCN cables and other government property.
He said further that 69 of the vandals arrested had been arraigned in court, adding that three persons had been convicted so far.
The commandant said that the command under his supervision had performed well in 2013 and promised that the state would be rid of vandals in 2014.
He noted that criminals always devised alternative means of outsmarting the security agencies but NSCDC was equal to the tasks.
Lar said that the command had deployed men undercover into the communities to fish out the vandals among the people.
"By the time we unveil our programmes, vandals will have no place to hide in the state," he said.
He pointed out that they had deployed over 500 officers and men of the command to all the local government areas to watch over the critical facilities such as PHCN, telecommunication masts.
Lar also said that they had alerted the traditional rulers and community heads to educate their subjects on the importance of the facilities so as to discourage vandalism.
He appealed to members of the public to alert NSCDC or any other security agencies when they notice any act of vandalism.
The commandant also appealed to vandals to find alternative jobs rather than destroying facilities installed for the good of the general public.
"They should stop frustrating the efforts of the Federal Government to make life better for its citizens," he said.