10 October 2016, Umuahia – Operatives of the Abia State vigilante group have arrested two suspects in Aba, Abia State, for allegedly vandalising an electricity transformer cables.
The suspects identified as Chukwudi David (32), who hails from Izza, Ohukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and Onyekachi Nwosu (38) from Imo State were arrested following a tip-off from members of the public.
The Commander General of the group, Chief Martins Idika, told Southern City News that the suspects were responsible for the vandalisation of many transformers in different parts of Aba, adding that the group would soon hand them over to the police for further investigation.
He warned hoodlums involved in such acts to stop forthwith, pointing out that any of them caught in the act would face the wrath of the law.
He commended the state government for supporting the vigilante group and promised to join forces with other security agencies to fight criminals in the state.
One of the suspects, David, confessed to have vandalised over 15 transformers in Aba since they started their operation in the commercial city.
David said, “We are responsible for vandalising many transformers in Aba, including the one vandalised at Cemetery by Okigwe road, Umuola by Ogbor Hill, Eziama community, Cemetery by Railway.
“We also vandalised others at Erondu/Brass road; Ukaegbu Road, Aba-Owerri road; Umuocham road; Osusu by 7up; Umuola Road; Osusu by Glass Industry; Cemetary/Terevin and Nwaigwe by Brass.”
The suspects regretted their actions and appealed to the state government and the Enugu Electric Distribution Company to forgive them, promising not to return to crime again if they were left off the hook.