For reportedly vandalizing a transformer at Anguwar Sabon-Tasha in Abaji metropolis of Abuja, three scavengers have been apprehended.
According to a resident of the area, identified as Shuaibu Musa, the occurrence took place at CAC Church along Agnana Road around 6:12pm on Friday, March 11.
According to Musa, who spoke to Daily Trust on Monday, the suspects used knives and pliers to cut the cables and then moved them into an uncompleted building in the area.
“It was one of the residents who discovered that the cables were vandalized and immediately raised an alarm and the police were alerted,” he said.
“The police traced the cables and discovered them at a scavengers’ shop from where three of the suspects were apprehended,”
He said the three suspects are currently being detained at the Abaji police command in the area.
A police source, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the arrest of the scavengers, saying the Abaji branch manager of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), had been alerted.
The Abaji branch manager of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Joshua Dangana Erena, confirmed the arrest of the suspected cable vandals.
The AEDC manager, who decried incessant cases of vandalizing of transformer cables in the area, appealed to residents to always collaborate with security agents and vigilantes to curtail the crime
Residents of Anguwar Kekeshi and Naharati in the area have reportedly been thrown into darkness over two months due to the rate of vandalization of transformer cables in the area.