A criminal syndicate specialized in stealing street lights, armoured cables, critical components of generating sets and other accessories have been arrested in Awka.
The suspects, Eze Ominyi from Nweze in Ebonyi State and Kenechukwu Ekeka from Ndiorah Amansea in Anambra State while confessing to their crime; narrated how they used axes, diggers and other tools to dig out and cut the armoured copper cables of street lights which they later sell to their client, one Abubakar at Ugwuoba.
Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Emeka Ezenwanne who disclosed the arrest of the vandals, reiterated his call on community leaders to help in monitoring and protecting government installations in their localities.
He said the vandals were arrested by the state Public Infrastructure Monitoring and Maintenance Taskforce led by Dozie Akunne.
He commended the taskforce for living up to their responsibility by arresting the vandals, while also directing them to ensure they maintain other networks that have issues for the benefit of the people.