Five suspected transformer vandals arrested in Niger state

The Niger State Police Command has paraded five suspects arrested for vandalising transformers and carting away electric cables in Lapai-Gwari area of Minna. 


Spokesperson of the command DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday said the suspects were arrested by police operatives attached to Chanchaga Division on November 2. 


The suspects are; Hussaini Adamu, 23, Mustapha Umar, 17, Mande Magaji,17, Suleiman Zubairu 16, Salisu Usman (receiver) 25, all of Kasuwan-Gwari, Minna.


“The suspects were arrested at Lapai-Gwari area along Building materials market road, Minna by Police patrol team during routine patrol of the area. The suspects conspired among themselves, vandalised two electric transformers in the area and carted away some of the electric cables,” DSP Abiodun stated. 


“During interrogation, four suspects arrested at the scene confessed to the crime and led the Police to Salisu Usman at Kasuwan-Gwari, Minna who bought the cables from the suspects,” he added. 


Exhibits recovered from the suspects include three insulators and a vandalised electric transformer. 


Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Bala Kuryas, has reiterated that criminals should turn over a new live or relocate from the state as Niger State will be too hot for them to operate,


He urged members of the public to continue to support the Police and other security agencies with relevant information to secure our environment.