Two people have been apprehended in Katsina State for stealing electrical transformers and vandalizing armoured wire.
Sama’ila Abubakar, 18, and Mubarak Salisu, 21, both of Higi village in Bindawa Local Government Area of Katsina State, were apprehended with the stolen armoured cable by a squad of police officers following a tip-off from suspicious members of the public.
The accused admitted to stealing the transformer and armoured cable from Karkawu village, another area in the state’s Bindawa LGA, while being paraded before newsmen at the state police headquarters on Monday.
The criminals were on their way to selling the stolen things in Abuja when they were apprehended by the police, according to Superintendent of Police Isah Gambo.
According to the police spokesman, the suspects indicated that the cable was being sold in Abuja for N3,000 per kilo during the preliminary inquiry.
This would be the fourth time in a month that suspects for vandalizing an electricity transformer would be paraded at the police command, according to SP. Gambo.
To avoid jeopardizing their children’s futures, SP. Gambo advised parents to look after their children and ensure that they are engaged in meaningful activities.
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“On the 19th of September, 2002, the command was successful in apprehending the duo of one Sama’ila Abubakar, 18 years old, and Mubarak Salisu, 21 years old, both of Higi village, Bindawa LGA.
“Nemesis caught up with the duo after they destroyed and stole armoured cable from a transformer worth about 200,000 Naira (250,000.00).
“During the course of the inquiry, the suspects admitted to committing the crime. “The investigation is still ongoing,” said SP. Gambo.
“The suspects are being held at the police command until the outcome of the inquiry so that they can be charged in court,” said SP Gambo.