The police in Ogun State said they have arrested two persons for allegedly stealing electric cables belonging to the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
The Ogun police image maker, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects, Odogwu Wisdom and Akorede Aregbe, were nabbed at Ijebu-Ode on June 1.
Oyeyemi told newsmen in Abeokuta on Monday that the duo was arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Igbeba divisional headquarters from local vigilantes.
At about 2 am, the local vigilantes at Olisa area of Ijebu-Ode, were said to have raised the alarm that “some vandals were carrying out their nefarious activities at an IBEDC transformer in the area.”
Upon the information, Oyeyemi hinted that the DPO Igbeba, CSP Musiliu Doga, immediately led his patrol team to the area.
According to reports, Odogwu Wisdom, who was with a motorcycle was arrested with cables already cut from the electricity transformer, while his other colleagues escaped.
During interrogation, Odogwu Wisdom had confessed before the police that he and his gang specialised in stealing electric cables, mentioning Akorede Aregbe as one of the receivers of their stolen cables.
Oyeyemi explained that policemen went after Aregbe and arrested him.
He added that “large quantities of cable suspected to have been stolen from IBEDC installation as well as tools they use for the illicit trade” were recovered from the suspects.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the command’s CIID for further investigation