By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
A middle age man, Mr. Kyrian Ekechukwu said to be in the habit of buying electrical wires from vandals, recently was trailed to his residence in Enugu State and arrested by the officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ebonyi State Command.
While parading the suspected buyer alongside the thieves at NSCDC Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Commandant, Mrs. Lucy Samu told Citizens’ Advocate that it was in the course of discharging their lawful duty by her officers that the vandals were arrested at Nwezenyi area in Izzi LGA.
She said that on the fateful day, the first two suspects, Mr. Ogbaru Romanus, 35 years and indigene of Aroza Village in Iboko Izzi and Mr. Ikechukwu Offor, 27 years who hails from Ndegu Akpugo in Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State went and stole the electrical wires at the filling station belonging to Integrated Ogaranya & Son Ltd.
She disclosed that the men were caught in their attempt to evacuate their loot from an uncompleted building within the area where the rolls of wire were dumped after stealing but luck ran out on them as they were seen by a villager who raised alarm that led to the arrest.
According to the Commandant, it was the information provided by Mr. Romanus and his co-accused person that led to the arrest of the suspected buyer, adding that, if not for the timely intervention of her officers that the thieves would have been burnt to death by the residents of the area.
She said that the Command is saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties as well as fight against vandalism.
She advised members of the public and intending buyers of cables to always patronize accredited dealers, major distributors or companies rather than encouraging miscreants.
Citizens’ Advocate recalls that the rogues were arrested through the information provided by a resident of Ndiebor Ishiagu village in Ndieze Community after they saw the thieves trying to evacuate great quantity of electrical wires which they stole from a filling station owned by Integrated Ogaranya & Son Ltd.
Mr. Ikechukwu Offor in his reaction told Citizens’ Advocate that he accompanied his co-accomplice and friend, Mr. Romanus to his village before they left for the company where they stole the items.
He claimed that the first accused person was once a staff of the filling station before it eventually winded up.
The Village head of Ndiebor-Ishiagu, Mr. Jonah Ogayi corroborated the information given by the Commandant and added that on the particular Sunday Morning around 6:10am when the people were caught, they were taken to the village square where the officers rushed to the scene to rescue them from the angry mob upon invitation and later took them to their division.
He claimed that his people do experience similar incident regularly and their transformer had been rendered useless by unknown persons due to regular theft of parts of the transformer.
Mr. Kyrian denied his involvement in such transaction, claiming that he was arrested as a result of the issue he earlier had with the officers in his area.