The Imo state police command has arrested some persons in connection with the vandalization of EEDC electrical Cables at Ugiri in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. This was following several reports by the indigenes of the community about the constant vandalization of the electrical installations by hoodlums which has resulted to continuous blackout in the community. The command’s tactical team according to the Imo police command’s spokesman Mike Abattam had to carry out discreet investigation to unravel the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
“On 28/8/2022 at about 1130 hours, after gathering credible information, the police operatives, supported by the community vigilante group, arrested one John Johnson ‘m’ aged 24 years and Ekene Nwaojiji ‘m’ aged 21 years, both natives Nde Achi Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and recovered one locally made double barrel Pistol, one locally made single barrel Pistol, six rounds of live cartridges, vandalized high tension electric cables, one saw blade and one knife from them”.
According to the police, “preliminary investigation revealed that they are serial vandals, who have been terrorizing the community with other members of their gang, vandalizing most of the high tension cables and transformers thereby putting the community in total black out. The suspects have made useful statements, mentioning those who they do sell the items to, after vandalizing and efforts are on top gear to arrest both the buyers and other members of the gang”.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc(+) who spoke on the issue used the opportunity to commend the command’s operatives for a job well done and urged the people of Ugiri in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State that justice will be done on the issue and sympathized with them for the trauma the Vandals has caused them as a result of the blackout they suffered in the hands of the vandals. He further thanked the good people of Imo State for the cooperation and unalloyed support they have been giving to the police, and urge them to always report any criminal activity/elements within their neighbourhood to the nearest police station or in time of distress call the Command’s emergency control numbers.