25 September 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Chief Magistrate Court in Zaria City, Kaduna State, has sentenced four vandals: Shafiu Aminu, 30; Faisal Abubakar, 28; Yusuf Yunusa, 28; and Bashir Ahmed, 18, to one and half years imprisonment each after convicting them of criminal conspiracy, theft and accepting stolen items.
A press statement issued in Kaduna by the Head, Corporate Communication of Kaduna Electric Distribution Company, KEDC, Abduazeez Abdullahi, stated that the convicts were arrested on September 20, 2017 at Zaria after vandalising and carting away armoured cables and transformer oil worth one hundred and sixty one thousand naira at Kofar Kibo Distribution sub-station in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He disclosed that the first two convicts, Shafiu Aminu and Faisal Abubakar, were found guilty of conspiracy and theft, while Yusuf Yunusa and Bashir Ahmed were charged with receiving stolen items, offences punishable under the penal code.
The Chief Magistrate also directed the convicts to pay the sum of forty thousand naira each as compensation to Kaduna Electric for the damage done to power supply equipment belonging to the company.
Mr. Abdullahi commended the Divisional Police Officer, Zaria City Division, the Investigation Police Officer and the Prosecutor for the diligent prosecution of the perpetrators of energy crime whom he described as “undesirable elements”.