Enugu - The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Enugu has arrested two men for alleged vandalism of NITEL cables worth millions of naira.
The suspects gave their names as Raymond Oji, 30, a driver who hails from Delta and Emeka Dunu, 26, a hotel porter from Enugu State.
Parading the suspects in Enugu on Thursday, the Corps Commandant, Nathaniel Ubong, said the incident occurred at the NITEL man-hole on Garden Avenue on July 17 at about 2 a.m.
Ubong said the suspects were arrested by the anti-vandals team of the corps following a tip-off from concerned citizens.
He said the two suspects were arrested while the gang leader whose name was simply given as Onyeka escaped.
“People should ensure the sustenance of government infrastructure as they are for the benefit of all and generations unborn.
“One of the suspects, Raymond Oji, was also involved in the removal of railway equipment and PHCN facilities.
“Three other suspects are now in court for similar offences and we will not rest until vandals and criminals are flushed out of Enugu,’’ he said.
Ubong said the suspects had made confessional statements that would assist the command in its investigations, adding that they would be charged to court when investigation is concluded.
The Area Head of NITEL Enugu Territorial Headquarters, Ikechukwu Uwa, who confirmed the stolen items as NITEL property, said vandalism was affecting its operations.
He said the theft of NITEL cable started two years ago, saying that the cable with 1 200 pairs of copper wire inside it was worth millions of naira.
In their statements, the suspects claimed that one Onyeka now at large invited them to assist him in loading the cables.
Items recovered from them were a Golf car with registration number BT 791 LSD, a generator, jacks, gloves, a sledge hammer, spanners, pinches, hack-saw, pliers, screw-drivers and water hose, among others.