RRS busts suspected Light-Up Lagos cable-thieft syndicate

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The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, on Monday, busted a 6-man syndicate which allegedly specialized in vandalising and stealing light-up Lagos cable wire, street lamps and light poles installed by the Ambode-led administration to illuminate the State.

The suspects, Tunde Alaba, 29, Saheed Ismail, 27, Deji Afolorunso, 26, Sunday Obasanmi, 27, Jelili Abodunrin, 32, and Taofeek Oyedele, 28, were apprehended at about 2:30 am, under the bridge at CMS after destroying the streetlights powering the area and its environs.

It was gathered that the RRS operatives who were patrolling the area, sighted them in the act of pulling down the street lamps, cables and poles, before mobilising more officers for their eventual arrest and movement to RRS Headquarters, Alausa.

The suspects, who confessed to the crime during interrogation and revealed that they have been living under the bridge for about 4 years, have been transferred to the Lagos State Environmental Task Force for prosecution.

Recall that Governor Ambode gave a recent directive that all patrol officers in the State must keep their eyes on all ongoing and completed State government projects because of increase in vandalisation and theft of armored cables powering the street lights across the State.

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