Makurdi - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Command in Benue said on Tuesday that it arrested 55 vandals in January.
The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr Steven Zwally Lar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.
Lar said that the command also had no fewer than 25 cases against the vandals pending in court.
He said the command was empowered under the law to deal with cases vandalism and assuring to do its best to secure Federal Government facilities.
The commandant said the officers and men of the command were deployed to various wards and units of the state to ensure effective surveillance of facilities in the state.
He explained further that the command had devised strategies of securing NNPC pipelines between Benue and its boundary with Enugu with the detailing 30 officers to the area.
Lar, who noted that the vandalism of cable had dropped significantly in the state, however, blamed most of the cases of vandalism on staff of the affected parastatal agencies.
``If you see somebody vandalising NEPA cables, it must be somebody who has the knowledge about electricity.
``Most of these acts of vandalism are being done by professional and people who are supposed to be in custody of the properties,” Lar said.
He noted that suspected vandals of NITEL cables had in the past been arrested by his men but claimed to be staff on official assignment taking the facilities to different location.
Lar warned that anyone caught would be prosecuted.