Police nab 5 suspected NITEL cable thieves

BY IFEANYI OKOLIE
LAGOS— Five persons said to be specialists in vandalizing and stealing telecommunication cables belonging to Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, NITEL, within Lagos Island and its environs  have been arrested by the police.

The suspects identified as Eze David, Iluwa Ubah, Oyebuchi Nwodom, Femi David and Michael Okoki, were arrested separately by policemen attached to Dolphin Estate Police Station and Anti-Robbery Policemen from Area ‘A’ Police Command.

Vanguard learnt that the suspects were members of a large syndicate that vandalizes underground telecommunication cables from various manholes within Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Surelere, Isolo and LagosIsland.

Meantime, one of the suspects, Femi David, said to have been arrested with over 117 pieces of short cables told Vanguard that they usual melt the cables into copper before disposing of them.

He said: “I am the leader of my own group and I steal cables from several manholes in LagosState. I started last year and I usually operate in areas where I knew the police do not patrol regularly.

“I have done it for more than 10 times and I make more than a hundred thousand naira from each trip. The job that gave me out was at Broad Street, by Kakawa on LagosIsland, we did that for about two days and when we were about conveying the cables out of the area the police intercepted us.

“I ventured into it because there was no other job for me to do.”

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