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The theft and reselling of transformers has been ongoing for a long time now all over the country. Though this crime seems to be a lucrative for the criminals involved, it is to the detriment of citizens (users of power supply) as they are the ones who suffer it all because without transformers there’ll be no power supply and the availability of power (electricity) as we all know is very important to every human.

 

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Good news is, most of these criminals never go scot free as the law catches up with them and they are properly dealt with. Such has been the nemesis of a traditional ruler of Ipene community in the Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State, Chief Paulinus Ogbor, and a retired police officer, identified simply as Onugh. The duo allegedly stole three transformers and were arrested by the Ebonyi State Police Command, on Monday.

 

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The spokesperson for the command, DSP Loveth Odah, told news men that the duo were arrested by men of the 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, at Unwana in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Friday, and were handed over to the police for further investigation.

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It was gathered that the transformers belonged to the Umuolo, Etana, Ubum, Edu, Ibini, Afono, Urugbam, Ipene and Egbor communities in the Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State. The suspects, according to an army officer, who earlier spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, hail from Ipene.

 

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They were said to have approached the army post in the area for cover on the pretext that they wanted to take the transformers to the owner in Calabar and were arrested at Unwana, while allegedly trying to move the transformers to the point of sale around 11.30pm on Friday.

 

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The suspects were taken to the headquarters of the Ebonyi State Police Command, Abakaliki, for further interrogation. Another source, said officers of the Nigerian Army in the area had allowed the suspects to move with the transformers after they claimed that officials of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company were aware of their action.

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The source said, “Chief Paulinus from the Ipene community came and met us here. I was already sleeping when he came. Before then, I had told my boys that I didn’t want to see them because I knew their problem. He came with the OC Mopol and the officer called me and said the chief wanted to see me.

 

 

“They said there was going to be an attack on the community and I said I would find out. Secondly, the chief said he had transformers under his care and that the contractor wanted to carry them and that I should allow my boys not to disturb them. I said okay, the transformers are under your care and since the contractor you are talking about has papers that he actually owns the transformers, no problem and that if the EEDC people were aware of the transformers, then our men would allow them to go.”

 

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“That very night, they left with the transformers, but I got a call that the police intercepted them at Unwana in Ebonyi State. I said how? They said the whole thing was suspicious.”

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Later, another person called and said they had gone to steal the transformers belonging to communities in the Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State.”

 

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The Ebonyi State Police Command said the suspects had been moved to the Zone 6 headquarters in Calabar for further investigation.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command , Bala Ciroma , said this on NTA’ s Good Morning programme on Wednesday .
Ciroma said stealing remains a crime in Nigeria and the return of looted goods doesn ’ t change the fact that a crime has been committed .
The police commissioner , however , said cases would be handled based on their merit .
Responding to a question , he said , “ In a situation where people come to return goods , the fact remains did you commit an offence or not ? We will get our legal experts to look at it and we will decide what to do with it .
“ We will conclude our investigations and the legal experts will look at it accordingly but the fact remains that a crime has been committed . ”The CP stated that the police had been able to arrest several persons who looted warehouses and some properties had been recovered.
He promised residents that all those arrested would be prosecuted .
Ciroma said the police were still investigating the burning of vehicles in the Apo area of Abuja where hoodlums hijacked the # EndSARS protests last Monday.

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As security operatives commenced intensive house to house search for looted public and private properties within Calabar metropolis, suspected hoodlums have started dumping items into waste bins and various hiding locations around the city.
This is coming barely few hours after the Commissioner of police, Abdulkadir Jimoh announced a 24 hours grace for looters to return such items or face the full wrath of the law.
Recall that hoodlums at the weekend wreaked havoc in the capital city of Calabar in the guise of EndDARS protest, thereby looting and destroying COVID-19 palliative and State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, warehouses, some government institutions, politicians’ houses and private premises were equally looted and destroyed in the process.
This led to imposition of dusk-to-dusk curfew and subsequent takeover of major streets and roads by stern-looking military officers just as they have carfoned off streets linking Calabar South with Calabar Municipality.
Findings by Vanguard showed that youths at Mbukpa, Edibedibe, in Calabar South and Eta Agbor, Ikot Effa and Asari Iso in Calabar Municipality have taken the lead by dropping the items either on the road or into waste bins.
At Mbukpa market, items looted from Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, were said to have been dumped beside the waste bins there, while at Edibedibe some electronics and chairs are said to be dumped on the roadside.
At Ikot Effa, along Parliamentary axis, some youths have hurriedly dropped the stolen items including TV sets, generating sets, some beddings and mattresses at road side.
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At Asari Iso, the community people took the lead by employing a town crier who spoke in Efik language, calling on all those who participated in looting the house of Sen. Gershom Bassey and other state and private property to immediately return them.
The town crier, who moved round as early as 5:00am today, said: “All those who looted the properties of Sen. Gershom Bassey should drop it on the road, this is the order of the community.”
An eye-witness, Imaobong Solomon , said: “At Ikot Effa and Asari Iso, the youths in the areas have started panicking as soldiers have been patrolling the area. They are also afraid of community wrath, so they have to drop them on the roads.
“Some of them have gone into hiding for fear of arrest just as some of them have dropped stolen items on road sides so that security people can pick it up.”
At Anantigha and Mbukpa, a resident at Jebbs Street in Calabar South, Akparawa Akpan, said soldiers are combing some flash points looking for the hoodlums since morning.
He said: “We commend Governor Ben Ayade for taking these drastic measures to restore sanity in the state. These hoodlums were almost taking over our Ancient City of Calabar and have destroyed our common heritage.
“But we are happy that the military are everywhere and they should be allowed to take charge, especially in Calabar South, which us the base of miscreants.”
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant on Non-Indigens Affairs ( Igbo) to Governor Ayade, Ugoji Nwabueze, Esq, has advised Igbo businessmen in Cross River to be careful not to buy or aid the transportation of the looted /stolen items as the looters may by now be desperately looking for buyers.
Condemning in totality the level of destruction and looting, Nwabueze said: “l call on Igbo resident in all parts of the state to resist the temptation of buying any item from an unknown source even at cheaper rate.

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