By Moses Omorogieva
Lagos – The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos command, on Friday said it arrested 173 persons allegedly involved in various crimes, including the vandalisation of infrastructure in 2017.
The commandant, Mr Tajudeen Balogun, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that 42 of them were charged to court, while it obtained convictions against 12.
Balogun said that 102 suspects were released on bail, 22 cases closed as there was no substantial evidence to prosecute them.
He said that 26 out of the cases were transferred to NSCDC’s sister agencies for prosecution.
“We have also obtained two convictions this year.
“The suspects were involved in the vandalisation of NNPC pipeline, communication network equipment, electricity installation and bunkering of petroleum products.
“They were also involved in acts of terrorism and other crimes.’’
The commandant said that same year; the NSCDC also received 36 intelligence reports through the state government, which its personnel followed up.
“We have 24 hours intensive surveillance on all government critical infrastructures and national assets in Lagos State,” Balogun said.
In a related development, the commandant paraded a member of a syndicate alleged to be involved in the vandalisation of telecommunication equipment in the state.
The suspect was said to always pretend to be a mad man at scenes of crime.
Balogun said that the suspect was arrested on Thursday at about 2 a.m, while his six-man gang attempted to vandalise some equipment at Ikeja area.
The commandant said that the other members of the gang escaped, while the suspect was arrested with 12 batteries used to power communication signals.
“Other items recovered from him include one locally- made gun, two live cartridges, charm, handsets and a Lagos commercial bus with Reg. No. FST 457 XR.
“The suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigations into the matter are concluded,’’ he said.