By Desire Okafor-Igwe
Three suspected street light cable vandals have been arrested by members of Southeast Security outfit Ebubeagu while on routine patrol in Nkaliki axis of Abakaliki , Ebonyi State capital.
Speaking with Citizens Advocate on Monday before handing over the suspects to the police, the special Assistant to the Governor on Internal security, Eze Panchris said, his men were on the trail of those suspected street light cable vandals and luck ran out on them when they were intercepted along Nkaliki while conveying the vandalized cable to their buyer.
The suspects who gave their names as Chinecherem Okpara from Imo State confessed to have been in the act for over one year, while Chiagozie John from Iboko in Izzi local Government Area said he has been in the act of cutting the street light amoured cable for the past six months.
Another suspect, Henry Elechi from Ezza South said they have stolen cables at Ishieke, Azugwu, Mile 50, Nkaliki and other axis of the state.
They advised other criminals to desist from criminal acts, promising not to ever engage in the act again.
The Special Assistant to Governor on Internal security, Panchris Eze, said that criminals usually cut the cables, roll them in a tyre to confuse the security agents and the public from noticing what they were carrying.
He vowed that Ebonyi state will remain a hot zone for criminal to operate.
The three suspects were handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
On his part,the Police Public Relations relations officer in the state SP Chris Anyanwu assured that the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution after police investigations.