FCT, Abuja – Five suspected individuals have been arrested by Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) agents for damaging bridges in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement by the Corps’ spokesman Olusola Odumosu on Monday.
The victims were apprehended as a result of reliable information and surveillance carried out by the Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation (DII) Crack Squad.
He however added that arrest was also made possible with the assistance of other stakeholders in the area.
The statement reads: “Recovered from the suspects are vandalised 5 inches galvanized pipes (5 mm), angle irons and a hand saw which was used in carrying out the destruction.
“The arrested suspects are Abdullahi Bello, 18, Suleja LGA, Niger State; Julius David Madaki, 18, Sanga LGA, Kaduna State; Gambo Clement, 18, Sanga LGA, Kaduna State.
“Others are Sadiq Abdullahi, 24, Billiri LGA, Gombe State and Abdulaziz Aliyu 25, Sanga LGA Kaduna State.
Olusola added that the suspects were mostly artisans and living around the area.
He urged the residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities and confirmed that the investigation has already commenced.
“It was uncovered that most of the suspects are artisans whose activities are domiciled around the crime scene.
“A discreet investigation into the matter has commenced and would be followed by diligent prosecution of the suspects”, he said.
The Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, worried by the incessant vandalism and theft of manhole covers on roads in the FCT, directed operatives of the Corps to redouble their efforts in ending the menace, as reported by Daily Trust.
Following this directive, officers and men of the Corps immediately evolved new measures to protect Critical National Assets and Infrastructure (CNAI) in the country.