In a significant stride towards safeguarding vital infrastructure in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) apprehended three suspected vandals and cable thieves for their unlawful possession of communication cables.
The incident unfolded near the House on the Rock Church Junction on Airport Road, where the suspects were found in possession of fiber cables identified as government property. This success story comes on the heels of diligent work by the NSCDC FCT Command Patnrol team, acting on intelligence reports that criminals were masquerading as engineers while secretly vandalizing and stealing communication cables.
Expressing his deep concern over the rampant vandalism and destruction of infrastructure in the FCT, the FCT Commandant, Olusola Odumosu, pledged an intensified crackdown on criminals and vandals plaguing the capital territory. “We are committed to eradicating vandalism from the FCT. The results from our reactivated patrol teams are evident, and we will redouble our efforts to apprehend all offenders,” vowed Odumosu.
Highlighting the brazen attempt by the three suspects to steal fiber cables, Odumosu praised his patrol teams for thwarting their plans. He further assured that the law would be strictly applied to serve as a deterrent to others. Additionally, the FCT Commandant emphasized the collaborative efforts of his command with other security agencies in the FCT, pledging a concerted effort to restore peace and ensure security in the territory.
He commended the FCT Minister, Barr. Nyesom Wike, for his policies aimed at enhancing security and overall development in the FCT, which the NSCDC has embraced to deliver better services to all residents. In a stern warning to vandals, hoodlums, scavengers, and other criminals, Odumosu stated that there is no refuge for them in Abuja anymore. He affirmed that his officers and men are poised to provide round-the-clock surveillance and security to protect all infrastructural amenities in the FCT.
The arrested suspects, identified as Peter Kile, Akanuge Sammel, and Justin Tundu, all hailing from Benue State, will undergo thorough investigations before being handed over for prosecution. This successful operation marks a significant step towards preserving the integrity of the Federal Capital Territory’s infrastructure by the NSCDC.