Abuja - The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has arrested five suspected telecommunications cable vandals.
Mr Joseph Attah, the Deputy Public Relations Officer, NCS told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that guard duty officers apprehended the suspects.
Attah said that the suspects were nabbed at around 1.00 a.m. on Monday while stealing underground telecommunications cables near the Customs Headquarters at Wuse, Zone 3 in Abuja.
He said that the suspects were pouring water on their body to cool-off from the heat underground.
"Luck however ran out on them when the vigilant eyes of guard duty officer intercepted them as they emerged from the manhole," Attah said.
According to him, the suspects are being detained at the customs headquarters and have made useful confessional statements during interrogation.
"We have officially contacted the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on the arrest and we will hand over the suspects to them," he said.
Attah said that items recovered from the suspects included rope-pulling hoist, cut fibre optic cables, three metal saw, used clothes and a bag of sachet water, popularly called pure water.