The Anti Vandalisation Unit of Kaduna state police command has pledged more support and collaboration with Kaduna Electric in the fight against vandalism of power equipment in Kaduna State.
The pledge was made during a meeting between the two organizations at the corporate head office of Kaduna Electric in Kaduna. The Leader of the Team, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Muhammad Bashir Mada, said ‘we want to relate together to know which areas to assist you in arresting the menace of vandalism of Kaduna electric equipments in Kaduna and environs.
He also called for prompt reporting of cases of vandalism to the police and also avoiding unnecessary delays before information reaches the police. He warned against mob action against vandals by some communities saying such action makes it difficult for the police to detain and prosecute a wounded vandal before any court of law; as such cases would be rejected by the courts and prison Service.
He further said the buyers of the Vandalized/ stolen items are committing more crime than vandals for that reason the police would soon embark on raids on sellers of electrical equipments across the state.
Also, commenting Assistant Superintendent of Police Suleiman Danmallam said the police have enough manpower and operational vehicles to carry out the exercise; what they only need from Kaduna Electric is ‘official and documented backing to carry out arrest and prosecution of the vandals. Any time we need you, you should always be there for us.’ He said
Responding on behalf of Kaduna Electric the Head Logistics, Security and Protocol, Mallam Nuhu Sani thanked the Police for their usual support and cooperation. He said Kaduna Electric has begun consultations amongst the community/ opinion leaders and citizens to always protect and see power installations in their neighborhood as theirs. He said a standby team will soon be set up that would work jointly with the police Anti vandalisation unit.
Also speaking at the meeting a Security consultant to the Kaduna Electric Mallam Sani Isyaka, who is also Head of Blue Diamond Security, urged the Police to come out with proactive measure that would stop vandalism completely or reduced it to the barest minimum