Operatives of Ogun Police Command have arrested a member of the member of a gang of transformer vandals operating in the Owode Egba axis of Obafemi-Owode Local Govt of Ogun State.
The suspect, Adewole Adekunle, was arrested while others escaped, leaving behind the tools they used for their criminal activities and a bus.
In a statement, spokesperson of the Command, SP Omolola Odutola said the operatives led by CSP Popoola Olasunkanmi swiftly responded to a distress call by residents of Sowo community along Kobape-Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway of ongoing suspicious activities in their area at about 04:30 hours of Friday morning.
However, other members of the gang fled into the bush, while they abandoned items used including one Volkswagen bus with registration number EKY 202 YG Lagos State along with its document.
Other items recovered abandoned by the gang include one Itel phone, one digger, one chisel, 11 big spanners, 25 small bolts, 11 big spanners, one big pincer, a polythene bag containing different clothes, and one big vandalized transformer and another vandalised transformer that belongs to Sowo community.
“Our men are currently expediting efforts to track down other members of the notorious vandals and arrest them for possible prosecution. Further information will be provided as the investigation continues,” the police added in the statement.
The Commissioner of Police CP Abiodun Alamutu, has ordered that the culprit be charged to Court as a show of deterrence to other intending vandals, he further warned scavengers to steer clear government properties otherwise face full wrath of the law.