Two suspected criminal syndicate that specialized in stealing street light armoured cables, critical components of generating sets and other accessories have been arrested in Awka.
The suspects, Eze Ominyi from Nweze in Ebonyi state and Kenechukwu Ekeka from Ndiorah Amansea in Anambra state while confessing to their crime; narrated how they used axe, diggers and other tools to dig out and cut the armoured copper cables of street lights which they later sell to their client, one Alhaji Abubakar at Ugwuoba.
News Echo gathered that the suspects were arrested by local vigilante agents at the wee hours of morning. Although efforts made to speak with the police spokesperson in Awka, DSP Tochi Ikenga proved abortive as at time of filing this report.
Reacting to the development, the Honourable Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Engineer Emeka Ezenwanne, reiterated his call on community leaderships to help in monitoring and protecting government installations in their localities.
He commended the state Public Infrastructure Monitoring and Maintaince Taskforce led by Hon. Dozie Akunne for living up to their responsibilities. However, Engr. Ezenwanne directed them to ensure they maintain other networks that have issues for the benefit of the people.