The operatives of Rapid Response Squad,RRS, of Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a suspected member of a two-man syndicate which specialized in vandalizing and stealing street light power cable, around Opebi in Ikeja area.
The suspect, Ibrahim Alli, who works with Lagos State Waste Management Authority,LAWMA, at Onipanu, caught in the act by the RRS patrol team Led by Supol Aroge, while his gang leader simply identified as Yunusa escaped the dragnet of the Police.
Police Public Relations Officer, Joe Offor, who confirmed the arrest, said the Policemen were on routine patrol in the area, and sighted the two men while in the act of vandalizing the street light power cable, which had left the entire community in blackout.
Offor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said As the policemen were approaching, the two of them took to their heels, and immediately the operatives made a hot chase while one of the suspect was apprehended, the second suspect escaped.
According to him, the suspect from his statement revealed that the suspect and his gang member were in the habit of vandalizing and stealing the power cable which always has adverse effect on the entire community by letting the area in total blackout on several times.
He said exhibits recovered from the suspect include, vandalized electrical cable, shovel, LAWMA Identity Card bearing his name and one wristwatch.
The suspect on further investigation claimed to be a native of Yola Local Government in Adamawa State, confessed to the crime, saying covetous led him to the crime.