Defence & Security

Two arrested for vandalisation of PHCN transformer, electrical installations

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

The Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said two suspected vandals have been arrested in connection with the vandalisation of transformers and other electrical installations belonging to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The suspects, Mubarak Aliyu and Sani Ahmed, who are from Wanzamai village in Tsafe LGA of the State, were said to have stolen large quantity of Aluminum conductor wire worth N800,000.00

Their arrest according to a statement by the state Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, followed a distress call by the Area Manager of PHCN.

The statement further stated that the suspects have confessed to the have committed the crime. Noting, however, that other fleeing suspects would be arrested by the Command as discreet investigation has commenced.

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The statement reads, “The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested two (2) Suspects, Namely: Mubarak Aliyu and Sani Ahmed both ‘M’, 25YRS of age from Wanzamai Village in Tsafe LGA.

“The arrest followed a distress call received from the Area Manager, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, popularly known as NEPA, Tsafe branch, regarding the vandalisation of Transformer and other electrical installations in Wanzamai Village, where large quantity of Aluminium conductor wire valued at about Eight Hundred Thousand Naira (N800, 000) were removed.

“DPO Tsafe acted on intelligence information and arrested the above-named suspects in possession of large quantity of melted Aluminium conductor wire. On interrogation, the suspects confessed to the offence and further mentioned their partners in crime now at large.

“The Command under the leadership of CP Ayuba N. Elkanah psc(+) is applying various strategies to arrest the fleeing suspects and charge them to court for Prosecution.

“While the Command assures adequate Protection of Public and Private installations across the State, it advises members of the public to be vigilant and report any attempt to vandalise such equipment for prompt action.”

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