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Two solar power vandals paraded in Enugu

10 March 2014, 21:16

Enugu - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Enugu State Command, on Friday paraded two suspects accused of vandalism of solar power street lights in Enugu.

The suspects allegedly vandalised the lights installed by the Chairman of Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area, Festus Ozoemena.

Parading the suspects, the Enugu State Commandant of the corps, Nathaniel Ubong, said they were arrested on March 5 through the assistance of the local government vigilance group while vandalising the installation.

Ubong said the suspect had named those who collaborated with them to commit the crime during interrogation.

He said the suspects confessed that a bus driver usually picked them at their meeting point, Community Primary School, Obbie-Aku, to various destinations for their operations at the rate of N3 000 per trip.

He said the suspects also admitted that they vandalised 42 street lights in the area and sold the batteries at the rate of N1 500 each.

The commandant listed the affected communities as Amaugwu, where 30 lights were vandalised in December 2013, Amambugwu and Amadefaku where four each were vandalised in January and Ogbede where three were vandalised.

In another development, the commandant also paraded another suspect for robbing one Patricia Anyaegbu on February 16 at Nise Bus Stop in Enugu.

"The victim complained that a bus driver plying Old Park-New Market attacked her and took her hand bag on February 16,’’ he said.

Narrating her ordeal to journalists, the victim said she entered a bus going to Old Park/New Market but along the line, the driver diverted to Nise Street in Uwani.

"On getting to the bus stop, the driver brought out a wheel spanner and started hitting me to surrender my bag. As I shouted for help and no help was coming, he snatched my bag and pushed me out.

"The bag contained N50 070, a bottle of olive oil, a Nokia handset, prayer book, a rent receipt and a head tie," Anyaegbu said.

-  NAN

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