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The Police Command in Imo State has confirmed the arrest of two suspected Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), electrical cables at Ugiri in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, made this known in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Mike Abattam, on Wednesday in Owerri.
The CP stated that the Command’s Tactical Teams had to carry out a discreet investigation to unravel the perpetrators of this dastardly act following the report of the constant vandalisation of EEDC electrical cables at Ugiri in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, resulting to continuous blackout in the community.
According to the police, ‘On 28/8/2022 at about 1130 hours, after gathering credible information, the police operatives, supported by the community vigilante group, arrested one John Johnson ‘m’ aged 24 years and Ekene Nwaojiji ‘m’ aged 21 years, both natives Nde Achi Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.’
He said items recovered from them include one locally made double barrel pistol, one locally made single barrel pistol, six rounds of live cartridges, vandalized high tension electric cables, one saw blade, and one knife.
The CP said preliminary investigation revealed that they are serial vandals, who have been terrorising the community with other members of their gang, vandalizing most of the high tension cables and transformers thereby putting the community in total black out.
‘The suspects have made useful statements, mentioning those who they do sell the items to, after vandalizing and efforts are on top gear to arrest both the buyers and other members of the gang,’ he said.
The CP, while commending the command’s operatives for a job well done, empathized with the people of Ugiri for the blackout they suffered in the hands of the vandals but assured them that the hoodlums will be made to face the full wrath of the law.