A suspected vandal, identified as Samuel Umenze, has been arrested for allegedly vandalising cables belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc.
Umenze, a 100-level student of Agric Extension at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was arrested on the school premises by the institution’s security.
He was allegedly caught with large quantities of peeled cables and equipment used for the crime.
The Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, in a statement on Friday, said the incident happened on Tuesday.
According to him, Umenze, while confessing to the crime, claimed he carried out the criminal act alone at night and sold his loot to a buyer in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Ezeh confirmed that investigation was already ongoing to arrest the receiver of the items.
In a related development, on Monday, at Oshituma, Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, three vandal suspects identified as Fleke Kingsley, Egbo Friday, and Okefe Stanley, were also arrested by the community vigilantes.
The suspects were arrested while in possession of three bags containing about six spans of aluminium conductors belonging to the EEDC.
Ezeh lamented the increasing rate at which EEDC facilities were being attacked by vandals and called on customers to remain vigilant and ensure the electricity installations serving them were not attacked by vandals.
He said, “There is no day that passes without a report of a vandalised facility in our network.
“This is inconveniencing our customers and making us deploy the scarce resources meant for other projects into the replacement of the vandalised items, and this is no longer sustainable.
“We should all work together as stakeholders to checkmate this ugly trend.”
Ezeh confirmed that the arrested vandals had been handed over to the police for detailed investigation and possible prosecution.
FULL LIST: 13 Zamfara Varsity Students Freed As Troops Rescue Seven [See state of origin]
The Joint Task Force of Operation Hadarin Daji has rescued another seven female students of the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State.
The PUNCH reports that bandits attacked the university and abducted over 20 students from their rented lodge in the Sabon Gida, Bungudu LGA of the state, last Friday.
According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the seven students were rescued alongside three male workers of Gupran Engineering Zervices Ltd.
The troops had earlier rescued six female students the same Friday.
This translates to a total of 13 students who have been rescued so far.
The names of the freed students are as follows:
Rukayya Sani Batola: Educ Chemistry -200 Level -Zamfara
Merry Monday: MCB-300 Level
Maryam Salawuddeen: Accounting-300 Level-Osun
Salamatu Jummai Dahiru: MCB-200 LEVEL
Fiddausi Abdulazeez: Edu Biology -200 Level
Amamatullahi Asabe Dahiru: Education Chemistry-200 Level
Ketora Bulus: Education Physics-100 – Level-Kaduna
Felicia Sunday: Computer Science- 200 – Level-Osun
Jamila Ahmad: BCH-200 LEVEL – Kogi
Aisha Aminu Ujong: Edu Physics- GRADUATED-Cross River
Mariya Abdulrahman Usman: English-400 – Level-Katsina
Usaina Abdulrahman, Education: English-100 – Level-Katsina
Saadatu Aminu Abubakar: Education Biology
Flood Wrecks Havoc In Delta, Sacks Five Communities
Ravaging flood across Delta State has sacked five communities in the Warri North Local Government Area.
The affected communities included Torukubuagbene, Awanba, Koropigbene, Itagbene and Asigborodo as well as adjourning communities.
The Councillor representing Ogbinbiri ward 18, in Asigborodo Community, Mr Kenren Pere, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Warri.
Pere said the incident began more than a week ago and the situation became worse on Friday.
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While appealing for an urgent intervention by the state government, the councillor said that the life of his people were at stake.
He said, “I cannot attribute the course to flooding or the heavy torrential downpour that has been happening in recent time, though, rain has been falling before, but we have not had it so bad like this.
“Many valuables including local boats, clothes, food items, and other means of livelihood have been destroyed by the unfortunate occurrence.
“Lives are at stake, people can no longer go about their normal daily activities to feed, so there is hunger in the affected communities.
“The overflow started more than a week ago, but the situation became worse three days ago, leaving my people in fear,” he said.
Pere also appealed to the state government to send relief materials including food items to the people “to alleviate their suffering.”
The Director, Administration and Finance, Delta Emergency Management Agency, Daniel Okpor said the agency was not aware of the development.
Okpor, however, requested for video clips of the incident to aid their findings and response.
“Was the incident a result of flood or rainfall? We believe more on video than photographs. In the absence of video, you can send me photographs,” he requested.
BREAKING: Fire Guts Section Of Supreme Court
A portion of the Supreme Court is on fire.
Our correspondent gathered that the fire engulfed a side of the judges’ chamber of the apex court.
Details about the incident are still sketchy as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson of the court, Akande Festus, could not be reached as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service, Paul Abraham, asked our correspondent to call him back.
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