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Three arrested for stealing N9.8m transformer cables in Ogun

Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Ogun State Community, Social Orientation and Safety Corps (So-Safe Corps) has arrested three suspects for buying stolen transformer armoured cables worth N9.8 million at OPIC Estate, Agbara.

The suspects were arrested following the corps’ surveillance team, who acted on a tip-off that the cables were being sold in the area.

They are: Mansirina Usman (27), Janadu Ahyarn (20), and Husseni Abdullahi (20) – and were all arrested on June 27, 2024.

So-Safe’s Public Relations Officer, ACC Moruf Yusuf confirmed this to newsmen in a statement in Abeokuta

Yusuf said that prior to the arrest, information reaching the corps indicated that the transformer armoured cables worth N9.8 million were vandalized and stolen by unknown thieves.

He noted that upon the information, the Area Commander, Assistant Commander Adeosun Adeniyi, and his team were directed by corps’ Commandant, Soji Gonzallo, to swing into action and apprehend the perpetrators within 48 hours.

The corps’ PRO explained that the suspects confessed to buying the stolen cables from Mustapha and Minister, who are currently at large.

Usman bought 30kg of cable for N300,000, Ahyarn bought 25kg for N250,000, and Abdullahi bought 20kg for N200,000.

He explained further that they had in their possession four off-cut armored cables, N18,850 in cash, three Android phones, two wristwatches, and two unmarked TVS motorcycles.

Yusuf said the three suspects and recovered exhibits have been transferred to the Nigeria Police Force, Agbara Divisional Headquarters for further investigation and likely prosecution.

The State Commander, Ganzallo, however, commended the surveillance team for their swift action and reiterated the corps’ commitment to combating criminal activities in Ogun State.

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