2 in police net over BEDC transformer theft
From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare-Akoko
Two men, simply identified as Togo, 30 and Ibrahim, 23, indigenes of Okene, Kogi State are now cooling their heels in police custody in Irun Akoko, Akoko North West Local Government area of Ondo state, for allegedly vandalising Benin Electricity Development Company, BEDC, transformers in the area.
The Hope Metro gathered that the suspects who are members of a syndicate vandalising electricity cables and transformers in Akoko were caught in the early hours of Sunday by local vigilante group of Ejidu, a community in Irun kingdom.
According to an Irun Akoko community leader, who doubles as the chairman Irun Divisional Police Community Committee PCRC, Mr Femi Oloketuyi the thieves were five in number when they came to Ejidu in the night.
Oloketuyi disclosed that luck ran out on the suspects when the community vigilante saw a ray of light around the transformer which led to apprehending two of them, while three other members of the gang escaped .
Oloketuyi said the transformer had been cannibalised before they were caught.
The Hope Metro learnt that it took over four years before concerned indigenes in collaboration with the state government reconnected the sleepy town with the national grid early this year.
Few weeks after the town heaved a sigh of relief, some bandits reportedly cannibalised one of the transformers in the town with part of the town in darkness since then.
Worried by this development, residents of the town tasked themselves by contributing money towards replacing the cables that were carted away by the marauders.
The people were still battling with the development, when the duo were caught vandalising the transformer at Ejidu community.
The two have since confessed to the crime, while the duo had been handed over to the police at Irun Divisional Police Headquarters for further investigations.
The DPO of the division, Gbenga Ogunleye, who confirmed the incident said the police are now on the trail of the remaining suspects still at large.
Ogunleye said they would soon be charged to court after full investigation was completed.