One Noah Yagha has been apprehended by the men of the Nigerian Police Force for attempted theft of armoured cables belonging to Eko Electricity Distribution Company on Monday 29th July 2019 in the Lekki axis of Lagos.
In a statement released to journalists, the suspect was seen cutting the cables installed on a 500KVA transformer around Iroko Awe and was reported to the Police who swung into action, arrested and detained him at the Ilasan Police station.
The Police further investigated the case and it was revealed that the suspect had stolen armoured cable on two occasions previously from the same equipment. It was also gathered that the suspect has an accomplice simply named Abdullai who buys the stolen cables from him. The men of the Anti-Robbery Unit of the Police were led to a shanty where the accomplice resides and fortunately, he was arrested and detained.
The statement signed by EKEDC Head, Media and Communications, Sulaiman Aledeh, revealed that both men have had their cases filed and have been charged to court for malicious damage to property and stealing. The case is scheduled for hearing on Tuesday 30th July, 2019.
Aledeh advised the public to desist from such acts as it affects the company’s objective of providing safe and reliable electricity supply. He said further that going near electricity installations is hazardous to the safety of lives and property and only authorized staff of EKEDC should go near them. He reiterated EKEDC’s commitment to prosecuting vandals and thieves of its installations and equipment.
Aledeh enjoined all customers to collaborate with the company in its bid to continue to empower the quality of lives and promptly report any suspected cases of vandalism and theft of electricity installations.