By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has paraded 20 vandals and manhole thieves.
The Commandant of the Command, Olusola Odumosu who paraded the suspects on Monday in Abuja, said they were arrested at various locations within the FCT between 1:am and 3:am.
“These vandals arrested by our go officers go about with dangerous weapons to attack people and collect their phones and other personal belongings.
“Based on these, the activities of scavengers is banned from the city centres. We will continue to fish them out and prosecute them.
He said the NSCDC will continue to protect critical infrastructures of government.
He averred that FCT residents will be sanitised about the activities of scavenger, vandals and other criminals elements.
He warned l those with bad intentions in Abuja to vacate the city, saying the law will catch up with them.
He said the arrested persons will be handed over to Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for proper prosecution.
“To counteract the escalating instances of theft and vandalism that have been adversely impacting the FCT Metropolis, the Command took an active approach.
“We activated strategically planned routine night patrols, which proved to be highly effective. In the course of these patrols, we successfully arrested twenty scavengers and miscreants within the stipulated time frame. The arrested suspects underwent comprehensive interview and profiling processes.
“Subsequently, they will be handed over to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for possible further prosecution.
“These intensified measures serve a dual purpose: deterring potential criminals and ensuring the apprehension of those responsible for these unlawful activities. Through these actions, we are sending an unequivocal and resolute message that criminal behavior will no longer be tolerated within our jurisdiction.
“The proactive strategy we have embraced underscores the unswerving commitment of the government to address the concerns of its citizens. We are steadfastly dedicated to safeguarding the integrity of critical national assets and infrastructure throughout the FCT Metropolis.
“In conclusion, the FCT Command remains fully committed to upholding its duty of curbing vandalism. Our collective effort, combined with the support of the community and relevant agencies, will undoubtedly contribute to a safer and more secure Federal Capital Territory.”