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Two electricity cable vandals paraded in Enugu

15 May 2014, 14:08

Enugu - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday paraded two persons suspected to have vandalised electricity cables at the Oji Rivers Power Station in Enugu State.

The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Nathaniel Ubong told newsmen that out of the five suspects who took part in the act, two were caught while the others escaped.

Ubong said his men apprehended the suspects, a 27-year-old Ebonyi indigene and a 21-year-old native of Udi in Enugu State, on May 12.

 “They were caught vandalising the armoured cables at the power station in Oji River and will face the punishment for the act.

“This offence is not bailable; it is contrary to the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Anybody found guilty of this offence faces life imprisonment,” Ubong said.

He said the suspects had confessed to the crime and that the evidence available with the command.

Items recovered from the suspects included three long armoured cables and some pieces of coated cables.

Others were a hand saw, a meter file, a roll of rope and a techno handset belonging to one of the escaped suspects,” he said.

Ubong gave the names of the fleeing suspects as Nsofor Obinna from Imo, Kelechi Aneke and Henry Chibuoke, both from Udi, saying they were wanted by the corps.

One of the suspects said he was a student of the Federal Cooperative College, Oji River and was lured into the act by, Obinna, his secondary school classmate.

"Obinna knows that l am a science student and called me to identify the cables that are not with power while they go about the vandalism,’’ he said.

 - NAN

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