Vandalism: FCTA ups raids, vows to fish out sponsors

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello

By Stanley Onyekwere

Worried by the swelling cases of vandalism, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has upped effort to rid the nation’s capital of the reoccurring menace.
In particular, the FCTA said it looks to get to the root of the activities of the vandals especially by fishing out who their sponsors are and seriously deal with them.
This is coming on heels of recent arrest and parade of suspected cables vandals at the FCT police Command.
According to the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu disclosed that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello will do all he can to ensure that the city is sanitized of all vandals of public infrastructure such as streetlights, manholes, bridge tails (kerbs) among others are brought to book.
He assured the residents of uppermost continuous security and that the city will always glow at night with bright lights.
Shuaibu decries that it is very embarrassing that the administration struggles hard as well as spend huge sums of money to ensure that the streetlights are replaced daily on major streets within the city.
He adds that from Life Camp – JT Useni Street, Abubakar Koko Street, Sabo Ago Street up to the longest street in Abuja – Ahmadu Bello Way past Assembly Quarters to Apo Gudu Axis while some nonentities and hooligans are busy struggling to run down the government.
He maintained that they vandalize the electrical cables and other accessories thus running the Administration down by making the major streets dark at night which has often caused so much embarrassment to visitors arriving the city at night thereby blaming the FCT Administration for not doing anything and also increasing rate of insecurity.
The AMMC Coordinator however pleaded with the unemployed or low income earners in the city to shun away from the evil activities of the bourgeoisies but get involved in only truthful and meaningful ventures to earn money.
He equally admonished residents to avoid patronizing such stolen goods, urging everyone to report suspected individuals to the security agencies.
The AMMC boss said it will intensify its sensitization of the public, encouraging them to desist from destroying the public infrastructure meant for the comfort of everyone and attitudinal change to reverse the trend as we join hands to build a befitting garden city of our dream.
Meanwhile, in a press statement, FCT police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah disclosed that following a tipoff, police operatives attached to Kubwa Division on patrol intercepted and arrested Sunday Etiese (35 years) and Joseph Thomas (24) of Mpape while attempting to vandalize street light cables along Outer Northern Expressway Kubwa (ONEX).
He added that two shovels used by the suspects in committing the unlawful act were recovered at the scene.
The suspects have been transferred to the Command Criminal Intelligent Department for discreet investigation.
On their part, the suspects who are under investigation, pending when they will be charged to court, confessed to have committed the crime.
According to them, they have vandalized cables in the area on two separate occasions and were paid N14,000 each by their master (now at large) for every operation.
In a related development, the Police arrested three suspects who specialize in vandalizing Nitel Cables, the suspects were arrested around Power House Junction Asokoro while burning some of the vandalized cables.
It was however disclosed that efforts have been intensified to arrest their cohorts and receiver, to serve as deterrent to others.
The suspects revealed that after burning the cables, they sell 1 kilo of the melted wire for N900 each which is further recycled by the buyers for other uses.

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