By Peter Duru
MAKURDIâ€”Irked by the spate of destruction and vandalism of newly erected infrastructure in parts of Makurdi and its environs, the Benue State Police Command has arrested a team of eleven vandals who specialize in destroying government property while 29 others have been declared wanted.
According to a statement by Special Assistant to Governor Gabriel Suswam on Public Utilities, Mr. Ghadafi Asemanya, the gang was apprehended after they had willfully destroyed the newly constructed walkways along the Makurdi-Ankpa road.
The group who were led in the operation by one John Hembe, a staff of a construction firm in the town are said to be assisting the police in their investigation into the matter.
According to Mr. Asemanya, the project coordinator of Hajaig Construction, the firm handling the construction of the walkways Engr. Steven Akange regretted the involvement of a staff of the organization in perpetration of the act.
Akange emphasized that the firm had no hand in the act assuring that the recalcitrant staff would be made to pay dearly for the acts.
Meanwhile Governor Mr. Gabriel Suswam has lamented the vandalism of some government projects and infrastructure put in place by his administration advising that youths of the state assume the responsibility of protecting government property sited in their localities.
He warned that government had expended fortunes to erect landmark projects in parts of the state.