Twenty-two (22) suspects have been arrested by security agencies for vandalising and stealing solar street lights installed by the Kaduna State Government.
The spokesman for the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, made the disclosure on Wednesday that 19 out of the 22 suspects have been charged to court.
Aruwan, further reiterated the state government’s commitment to prosecute anyone found vandalising or stealing public properties.
He said, ” security operatives have arrested 22 suspects for vandalising and stealing of Solar Street Lights. Scrap Iron Scavengers fixed by the state government. Others in the net are buyers of the stolen properties within the metropolis.
“After careful combing of the crime scene, Solar Batteries and their covers and one iron saw were recovered inside the Cemetery along Bashama Road, Tudun Wada area of the metropolis.
He added, “The operation which lasted for two days raided all Scrap Iron Vendors, Roadside Solar Battery Sellers mentioned in the deal. Items recovered during the raids include Solar Panels, Armored Cables, Vehicle spare parts and Textile materials suspected to have been stolen were recovered from the suspects.
According to the Statement, those arrested are; Nazif Mohammed, Aminu Isa, Yusuf Tukur, Imrana Yusuf, Ibrahim Ahmed, Shamsudeen Jibrin, Sani Idris, Abdullahi Bashir and Ahmed Sani. Others are: Adamu Najib, Annas Mohammed, Abubakar Abba, AbubakarUmar, Suleiman Nasir, Uzaifa Saffiyanu, Abdulrasheed Abdullahi, UsmanAbubakar, Adamu Ahmadu, Abdullahi Musa and Abubakar Kule.
The spokesman also said that the suspects and the items recovered from them have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the State Police Command for further investigation to establish the criminal profiles of the suspects for possible various offences for prosecution.
He also warned vandals to desist from these dangerous acts, as the state government will prosecute anyone found vandalizing or stealing public property.