Electricity equipment belonging to an electricity distribution company was almost stolen if not for the timely intervention of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency who prevented the attempted theft. The safety corps officers attached to Epe division, Ibeju-Lekki, foiled the theft on December 25 at about 1am.
According to the Corps Chairman, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Israel Ajao (rtd), said the agency had received a call from Almubaraq Olalekan requesting for officers to safeguard some electricity equipment to be installed in the area.
Ajao said: “Some electricity distribution officials had come to install some equipment at Imagbon-Alade town, Ibeju-Lekki and kept the equipment at the Baale’s house.
“In view of the request, three Neighbourhood Safety Corps officers were deployed to the place.
“Intelligence gathering revealed that some hoodlums that heard of Governor Akinwumi Ambode’s rural electrification project planned to steal the electricity equipment kept at the Baale’s house.
“On December 25 around 1.08 a.m., the Neighbourhood Safety Corps officers saw one tricycle marked GGE 840 QD parked in front of the Baale’s house where the equipment were kept.
“Four men came down and two of them passed through the left side of the house, moved straight to the window where the equipment were kept and forcefully tried to open it.
“In the process, the corps officers apprehended two of them while the other two escaped.
“When the tricycle was searched by the corps officers, a gun loaded with one cartridge was found in the back seat.”
Mr Ajao also added that the suspects, Ishola Lawal and Omotosho Quadri were handed over to the nearest police station along with other exhibits recovered from the scene.