By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—a syndicate now moves round Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, at night, removing car batteries from vehicles of unsuspecting owners.
Vanguard investigation revealed that the syndicate, made up of artisans, open car bonnets with specialised weapons and remove the batteries.
Residents of Watchman Street in Abakaliki yesterday woke up to discover that eight car batteries were removed by members of the gang.
In a chat with Vanguard, a resident of the area and civil servant, Mr. Emmanuel Okey, expressed shock at the development and called on Ebonyi State Police Command to increase and improve on its surveillance, especially in streets across the state.
He said: “It was incredible. We woke up and discovered that eight car batteries belonging to our neighbours were stolen.
“I think the youths carrying out such actions are artisans, especially vehicle electricians and panel beaters.
“This trend is bad. Our neighbours could not go out today. The police should do something about it urgently.”
The state Police spokesman, ASP Chris Anyanwu, who stated that his office was yet to receive information about the development, called on the public to always report incidences of crime.