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5 suspects arrested by NSCDC for alleged cable vandalism and phone snatching

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Five people were detained by the Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for alleged phone thefts and cable vandalism in the state.

The accused were presented before the public on Wednesday in Katsina by DSC Mohammed Abdara, the Command’s public relations officer (PRO).

Three of the suspects, Kabir Junaidu, Mohammed Hamza, and Yahaya Yunusan, all citizens of the Gidan Mai-Unguwa hamlet of Dabai in the Danja Local Government Area (LGA), were reportedly detained for damaging a transformer cable.

Sama’ila Namadi and Nura Abdulaziz, who are thought to be phone snatchers, are inhabitants of Filin pipes in Katsina Metropolis, according to Abdara.

“The suspects were arrested on July 12, 2022 by a combined team of NSCDC personnel, vigilantes and community security committee members while attempting to vandalise an electricity transformer at Filin shooting, along Kahutu Road in Dabai.

“Junaidu, who is the prime suspect, was arrested for cutting the electricity dropper cable. He confessed to the offence and also mentioned two other suspects.’’

According to Junaidu, the two other suspects were supposed to be with him to commit the crime.

“They decided not to participate in the vandalism, but assisted him with a saw blade to execute his mission.
“Both of them confessed to have committed the same crime at the same transformer spot in 2021, from where they stole 13 kilogrammes of cable which they sold for N39, 000 in Lokoja, Kogi.

“Presently, we are liaising with our colleagues in Lokoja to trace and arrest the buyer, one Alkasim, alias ‘Sai Oga,” Abdara said.

The defendants, according to him, were charged with a number of crimes in the neighborhood.

He claimed that everything was set up to bring them before the court.

The Command’s spokesperson added that the two phone thieves had been charged to court.

However, he said that the court had sent them back to the NSCDC so that it might conduct further investigations.

According to Abdara, The command will continue to fight crime and criminal activities in the state.

5 suspects arrested by NSCDC for alleged cable vandalism and phone snatching

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