POLICE NAB FIVE JUVENILES IN AKWA IBOM FOR VANDALIZATION
As part of Bureau of Technical Matters and Due Process mandate to maintain public infrastructure and keep them in working order, the department has been battering with the issue of incessant theft and vandalism of armoured cables supplying street light in Uyo Metropolis which directly is responsible for the street lights not working.
The stolen cables when duly replaced are immediately stolen the very next day or weeks.
The Government then adopted a system of community policing where citizens are encouraged to be vigilant and report suspected cases of power infrastructure vandalization to the police.
This approach paid off yesterday when no fewer than five minors were seen cutting armoured cables supplying street lights in Ewet Housing were reported and arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, for an alleged vandalism and theft of armoured cables in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital.
The children (names withheld), between ages seven and twelve, were arrested yesterday, following an intelligence report by some residence of Edet Akpan Avenue, Uyo.
Speaking during his visit to the B Division of NPF, M Line, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, where the juveniles are currently being detained, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Elder Ufot Ebong thanked members of the public who gave the Police the information for performing their duties and urged the police to investigate and arrest their sponsors or end buyers.
While linking the recent malfunctioning of street lights in the capital city to the activities of vandals, Ebong said the equipment which are replaced on weekly basis will continually be vandalised, unless the sponsors are arrested.
Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana proved abortive, as his phone lines were not reachable, as at press time.