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Police arrest suspectd cable thieves

By Ifeanyi  Okolie

Six persons, who allegedly vandalized Nitel Cables valued at about N3 million were on Wednesday paraded before newsmen in Ikeja by he Lagos State police command.   Mr Frank Mba, the command spokesman who paraded the suspects, said they were arrested on Nov. 1, at about 2 a.m. at Odulami Street, Lagos Island.

The suspects were, Samuel Yakubu(28), Tajudeen Shakiru, Kalma Kareem( 42), Danjuma Yakubu, Suliaman Garuba,(20) and Dozie Opara(25).

Mba said the suspects were arrested with the Nitel cables while transporting them to a black market in a commercial bus with Reg. No. XM 762 LND.

“The police patrol team from Lion Building Division was on a stop- and- check operation when they stopped the bus. As soon as the bus stopped, the occupants attempted to escape.

Four of them were arrested on the spot while other two were arrested later. They all confessed to the crime,’’ Mba added.

He said investigation into the case was almost concluded, adding that all the suspects will be charged to court soon for conspiracy, vandalism and theft.   Mba noted that under the national law, tampering with Nitel cables is an offence punishable and when convicted, the suspects would be sentenced to about 21 years imprisonment.

Crime Guard gathered that all the suspects regretted their actions while speaking with journalists.   The leader of the suspected group, Samuel Yakubu, 28, said he was introduced into the business by one of his friends, who told him that there were lots of money in selling Nitel cable.   In another development, four suspected armed robbers were arrested on Tuesday at different parts of Lagos while they were attempting to carry out robbery operations.

The police spokesman said two of the suspects were arrested at No.14, Bridge Street, Idumota, Lagos Island at about 3.30 p.m. with one double barrel gun and three live cartridges while two others were arrested at No. 9, Irewole Street, Ikeja with bullet wounds, while others escaped.

He said that all the suspects have made useful statements that will help the police in their investigation, adding that their cases have been transferred to the State CID, Panti-Yaba for further investigations.


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