A 29 year old notorious cable vandal, named Mr. Lucky Udeagwu, who allegedly specialises in stealing cables meant for the ongoing light-up programme of the Lagos State Government has been arrested by police.
The alleged cable thief, who claimed to be from Delta State, was sighted by the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command along with two suspected accomplices, stealing a 35 meter-long armoured cable in the Ogudu area.
According to report they were sighted coming out of the bush towards Ogudu bus stop by the RRS operatives on routine surveillance around 3:am, carrying a big sack containing the armoured cable.
Inspector Bello Kabir, who led the men on patrol of Oworonshoki Expressway revealed that that his team was monitoring the project when the suspected thieves were sighted.
He said, “The Commander RRS, ACP Olatunji Disu, told us that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode wanted officers to always check out Light-Up Lagos projects because of cases of vandalism of lamp posts.
“On Saturday, we saw Lucky and two other guys carrying a big sack and coming towards Ogudu bus stop. Because it was a straight road, we could see them from afar.
“As they sighted the RRS vehicle, they took to their heels in different directions, but we caught Lucky. We were suspicious that what could make them run when they saw us must be something criminal. We checked the bag and we saw a 35 meter-long armoured cable. Beside the bag was a camouflage cap.
“On the spot, we searched him. We found in his small bag, a screw driver, a 10-spanner and a T-shirt. The 10-spanner is the size of the bolts covering the lamp posts in the area.”
It was gathered that nobody could identify him in the three houses he gave as his residents..
But Lucky denied stealing the cable, adding that the men that dropped the bag and fled committed the act.
He said, “I got to Ogudu bus stop at about 3am on Saturday. Those boys dropped the sack containing the cable. I don’t know them.
“I got out early because I was searching for work. I wanted to get to Ikorodu early so that I could get a site job. I saw the two boys carrying that bag from a nearby bush, and as soon as they saw the police, they ran and I also ran.
Source: The Punch