The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested four men for allegedly scooping gas from an electricity transformer at Dunga Sabo area of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state.
This was contained in a media statement made available to journalists by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, on Thursday night.
He said that the suspects who connived among themselves to take advantage of the faulty transformer were arrested while committing the crime on January 4, 2023.
Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said, “The Command has arrested four suspects for an act of conspiracy and vandalism on an electricity transformer.
“The suspects were arrested on the 4th January 2023 at about 2.00am while tapping gas from an electricity transformer situated at Dunga Sabo area of Tafawa Balewa LGA of Bauchi state.
“The group of vandals led by one Omega Daniel, male (23) of Dungah alongside three other suspects, namely; Kasuma Yakubu,male (27) of Dungah, Mafuki Daniel, male (27) of Kampani Village via Bogoro LGA and Joshua Joel, male (37) of Dungah area of Tafawa Balewa LGA.
“The investigation also revealed that the suspects took advantage of the faulty transformer and perpetrated their act.
“The suspects were apprehended alongside four empty 25 litres of Jerry Cans, one rubber tapping pipe, and one adjustable pipe wrench.”
He said that during investigation, the suspects confessed their culpability to the commission of the crime.
The police spokesman further said that on January 8, 2023 at about 11.14 am, the Command received credible information which revealed that suspected cultists were gathering around Licking Fingers Joint, Gwallameji Area of Bauchi State.
He added, “Consequently, in a bid to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the area, a team of detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer, Yelwa Division promptly drafted and swung into action to the scene and succeeded in arresting two suspects, namely; Ezekiel Obot, male (22) of Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State, and Matthew Toma, male (23) of Jos, Plateau State.
“During a thorough search of the area, a black bag containing a locally-made pistol with three cartridges were recovered. The investigation is discretely ongoing to explore all the intricacies connected with the suspects in the case.”
Wakil said that the state Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan, directed that all the suspects be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation so they could face the full wrath of the law.