Fifty-Two Days after the commissioning of Light Up Lagos Project by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a vandal digging up armoured cables used in the Light Up Lagos Project, and removing its silver protector.
He was arrested at Ojota area of the state.
The suspected cable thief, Obaji Christopher, 23, said to be from Benue State, was caught by RRS operatives who were on routine surveillance of Ojota loop, inward Ketu – Alapere Road at about 11:20 a.m. while pulling out the cable from the ground.
Obaji, explained to police interrogators that he arrived Lagos two weeks ago, but was misled by his accomplice now at large, to accompany him digging up the armoured cable and remove its silver protector, before he was arrested.
One of the RRS operatives who arrested the suspect explained, that the suspect was arrested in the “early hours of Saturday, during our daily patrol routine, we saw the suspect where he was digging up the armoured cable at a very unsuspicious corner in Ojota.
“We saw him and his accomplice digging up the cable. He was using hoes to bring the cable to the surface while his friend had on him a broken saw, cutting some part in the cable. He was unable to take to his heels because we had already surrounded the whole area”, he said.
Upon his arrival at the RRS Headquarters, the suspect confessed to the crime, saying that poverty led him into the act.
In his confessional statement, the suspect said, “I just arrived Lagos about two weeks ago. When I had nowhere to sleep, I started sleeping inside Ojota park. It was at this park that I met one guy, simply identified as Anago, who introduced me to this job”.
“Anago told me if I was able to go for two to three operations, I will have enough money to take care of my present predicaments. On this very day, we went together to Ojota for the operation. When we got there, both of us dug the ground where the cable was buried.
“We had successfully pulled it out. But to my greatest surprise, I didn’t know how my friend escaped from the scene. When I was about parking the cable into a sack, some policemen appeared from different directions and I was arrested”, he explained.
It was gathered that the operatives further searched around the motor park in efforts to arrest his accomplice. Anago.
The suspect claimed that they met at the motor park where they both sleep every night and as such could not provide a good account of him including his house address.
RRS monitors who have kept a close watch on Light Up Lagos Project’s facilities in the area and Ogudu stretch, particularly armoured cable, observed that vandals were tampering with the facilities, thereby necessitating their close monitoring of the area.
It was learnt that the Commander of RRS, directed all officers to always check out the Light Up Lagos Project in order to protect and prevent vandals from destroying the Government’s facilities within the metropolis.
It could be recalled that RRS on Saturday, April 2, 2016, arrested a suspect Lucky Udeagwu, in a similar act with a 35, meter–long armoured cable meant for the State Government’s Light Up Lagos’ project in Ogudu.
While confirming the arrest, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Superintendent of Police, SP Dolapo Badmus, said that the state would not tolerate vandalism and sabotage of Governments’ efforts.
The suspect has been transferred to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Ikeja.