Three suspected electricity cable thieves were on Tuesday paraded at the Oyo State Command Headquaters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Agodi Ibadan.
The suspected cable thieves Aliu Musa, aged 29, a Togolese, Joseph Godwin Lakur, aged 26, from Anambra state and Joseph Micheal, 25 years of age from Taraba according to the state publicity officer of the Corps, Oyindamola Okuneye who briefed journalists on behalf of the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Dr Micheal Adaralewa were arrested on Friday 28th, July around 0200hrs along Nihort Ile-Titun area of Ibadan the Capital City of Oyo state over vandalization of street light cable belonging to Oyo state government.
The Commandant also said that the suspects also confirmed to have done operation in the month of July when they have vandalized and sold the cable in the same area at the rate of forty thousand naira only (N40,000).
Similarly, the command also paraded one Opeyemi Aanuoluwa, aged 24 for allegedly stole a tricycle around Ita-Akinloye area of Oje Ibadan.
Commandant Adaralewa in his words said, “on 15th, August 2023 around 0600hrs at It’s Akinloye Area of Oje Ibadan, a suspect Opeyemi stoled a tricycle, by destroyed some part of the tricycle before he could drive it away at Oje in Ibadan.”
“Due to the tracker positioned on the tricycle it was later tracked down by officer of Oyo who was at Iseyin on the same day.”
In their separate interviews, the suspects confessed to the crime leveled against them.
In his words, Opeyemi said, “It was the handiwork of the devil that led me into stealing the tricycle and I can say, I did it because I don’t really have job at hand to do, so when I saw the tricycle I decided to steal it, so I can be using it to hustle, I’m so sorry for my actions.
In his own narration, one of the suspected cable thieves, Joseph Godwin said, “this is my first time of doing this, It was my friends here that asked me to take them and the cable to the buyer and we sold it at the rate of forty two thousand naira, (N42,000) I was given just three thousand naira, but it was when we got here that I heard them saying they’ve done it once.”