Security agencies in Kaduna have arrested 22 suspects for allegedly vandalizing and stealing solar street lights installed by the Kaduna State government.
Special Assistant to Kaduna State, Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said on Wednesday that 19 of the 22 suspects had already been charged to court.
Aruwan reiterated the state government’s commitment to prosecuting anyone found vandalizing or stealing public properties.
He stated that, “Security operatives have arrested 22 suspects for vandalizing and stealing of Solar Street Lights. Scrap Iron Scavengers fixed by the State government. Others in the net are buyers of the stolen properties within the metropolis.
“After careful combing of the crime scene, Solar Batteries and their covers and one iron saw were recovered inside the Cemetery along Bashama Road, Tudun Wada area of the metropolis.
“The operation which lasted for two days raided all Scrap Iron Vendors, Roadside Solar Battery Sellers mentioned in the deal. Items recovered during the raids include Solar Panels, Armored Cables, Vehicle spare parts and Textile materials suspected to have been stolen were recovered from the suspects.
“Those arrested are; Nazif Mohammed, Aminu Isa, Yusuf Tukur, Imrana Yusuf, Ibrahim Ahmed, Shamsudeen Jibrin, Sani Idris, Abdullahi Bashir and Ahmed Sani. Others are: Adamu Najib, Annas Mohammed, Abubakar Abba, Abubakar Umar, Suleiman Nasir, Uzaifa Saffiyanu, Abdulrasheed Abdullahi, UsmanAbubaka, Adamu Ahmadu, Abdullahi Musa and Abubakar Kule.”
He also revealed that the suspects and the items recovered were handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the State Police Command for further investigation to establish the criminal profiles of the suspects for possiblefor various offences for prosecution.
He also warned vandals to desist from those dangerous acts, as the state government will prosecute anyone found vandalizing or stealing public property.