By Ikeugonna Eleke
A criminal syndicate that specializes in stealing street lights, armoured cables, critical components of generating sets and other accessories, has been arrested in Awka.
The suspects, Eze Ominyi from Nweze in Ebonyi State and Kenechukwu Ekeka from Ndiorah Amansea in Anambra State, while confessing to their crime, narrated how they used axe, diggers and other tools to dig out and cut the armoured copper cables of street lights which they later sold to their client, one Alhaji Abubakar, at Ugwuoba.
The Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Engineer Emeka Ezenwanne, who disclosed the arrest of the vandals, reiterated his call on community leaderships to help in monitoring and protecting government installations in their localities.
He stated that the vandals were arrested by the State Public Infrastructure Monitoring and Maintenance Taskforce led by Hon. Dozie Akunne.
He commended the taskforce for living up to their responsibilities by arresting the vandals; even as he directed them to ensure they maintained other networks that had issues for the benefit of the people.