Five suspected vandals and cable thieves have been arrested by operatives of the FCT command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in possession of communication cables.
FCT Commandant, Olusola Odumosu disclosed this while parading the suspects in Abuja on Thursday.
Odumosu gave the names of the suspects as Sulieman Abdulamin (30) from Kagaro Local Government Area of Kaduna State; Musa Yakubu (37) from Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT; Celestine Nelson (29) from Kagaro LGA of Adamawa State; Oluwatosin Henry (27) from Ondo West LGA of Ondo State; and Okolawen Femi (25) from Akoko South LGA of Ondo State.
He said the corps arrested two persons at Pai, in Kwali Area Council, in possession of 16 jerrycans of petroleum products suspected to be crude oil.
He added that an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the source of the products and possibly, identify the man behind the mask.
Two other persons who were suspected of having vandalised the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company armoured cables at the premises of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation were also arrested.
Another suspect who went and dislodged a flat-screen television at Maitama District Hospital was also arrested by officers of the Command.
At the parade, Odumosu stated, “In the course of carrying out this noble assignment, the Command arrests suspects on a daily basis based on its usual proactive approach to work. Suspected vandals and other criminals are apprehended on daily basis with their exhibits in their hands.
“At the end of the investigations, the suspects will be prosecuted, as the command is not willing to compromise its effort to totally and absolutely eliminate all forms of vandalism and criminality within the metropolis.”
Marking the 2023 International Day of Peace with the theme ‘Action for Peace: Our Ambition for the Global Goals’, Odumosu said “Today is a call to action that recognises our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace.
“Fostering peace contributes to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will create a culture of peace for all.”