Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command at the weekend arrested a suspected cable thief, Obaji Christopher. Christopher, who has confessed to the crime, was arrested on Saturday at the Ojota area while digging out an armoured cable.
Confirming his arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the state would not tolerate vandalism and sabotage of government’s efforts.
The PRO said,“Residents should always be on the lookout and inform the police on the activities of these vandals who are bent on sabotaging government’s efforts..
“The suspect has been transferred to the state Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, for thorough investigation while efforts are being made to apprehend his fleeing accomplice.”
In his confession, Christopher a 23-year-old Benue State indigene said he had spent only two weeks in the state, adding that he stole an armoured cable for the Light Up Lagos Project to raise money to settle down.
He said, “I just arrived in Lagos about two weeks ago. When I had nowhere to stay, I started sleeping inside the Ojota Motor Park. It was at this park that I met a man called Anago, who introduced me to this job and told me that if I was able to go for two to three operations, I would have enough money to take care of my apartment challenge.
But on Saturday, we went together to Ojota for the operation. When we got there, both of us dug the ground where the cable was buried.
“We successfully pulled it out. I didn’t know how my friend escaped. When I was about packing the cable into a sack, I saw the policemen. At that point, I didn’t know what to do again and that was how I was arrested.”
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had inaugurated the Light Up Lagos Project at the old tollgate area of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
One of the RRS men who arrested the suspect, said the team was on a routine surveillance of the Ojota area, inward Ketu-Alapere Road at about 11.20am, when they saw the suspect.
The RRS official who did not want his name mentioned in print, said, “On Saturday, during our daily patrol routine, we saw the suspect at a corner in Ojota where he was vandalising the armoured cable.
“The cable was buried after it was laid. We saw him and his accomplice digging up the cable. He was using a hoe to bring the cable to the surface, while his friend used a broken saw to cut some parts of the cable. He was unable to take to his heels because we had already surrounded the area,” he added.