Niger Civil Defence parades 12 suspected bike, cable thieves

THE Niger State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested 12 suspects involved in various crimes in different parts of the state.

The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Philip Ayuba stated this at the weekend, adding that his Command apprehended the suspects for their involvement in vandalism of electricity and water board armoured cables at different locations in Minna, the state capital.

According to him “we arrested 12 suspects who were involved in various crimes including theft and vandalism.

“Some of them who were involved in motorcycle theft were Fulanis, Bello Usman and Umoru Halilu from Tegina. They were apprehended, taken to court and have been sentenced to three years imprisonment each without option of fine.”

Ayuba stated further that two of the three suspects involved in the vandalism of fibre optic and water pipes belonging to Niger State Water Board and power armoured cables were minors.

He said “we are still investigating their case. But the two minors, Bashir Sani (17years) and Aliyu Yusuf (16 years), both of Universal Basic Education School in Minna had been arraigned in court.”

He called on the residents in the state to be vigilant, saying the act of vandalism by the suspects had affected water and power supply in the State.

One of the suspects, Aliyu Yusuf, confessed to the crime, saying that he had been involved in vandalism with his partner in crime, Basiru Sani ,who helps in selling their loot.