Two telecom mast vandals arrested in Ogun
The men of Ogun State police command yesterday arrested two members of a syndicate who specialise in vandalising telecom masts in Ifo local government area and its environs.
The suspects, 20-year-old Monsuru Bankole and 48-year-old Kehinde Bello, were arrested following a distress call received by the police in Ifo division that hoodlums numbering about 10 have invaded an Airtel telecommunication mast at Abule Ogun area of the town and they were about carting away the back-up batteries of the mast.
On receiving the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ifo division, Adekunle Samson, quickly mobilized his anti-robbery team and swiftly moved to the scene. On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums took to their heels but they were hotly chased and two members of the gang were arrested while others escaped.
Recovered from them are: a Volkswagen bus with registration number APP 871 XH, 12 telecom back-up batteries valued at about N3 million, gas cylinder, iron cutter, and other house breaking equipment.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered a massive manhunt for the escaped members of the gang. He also directed that the arrested suspects be thoroughly investigated with the view of charging them to court as soon as possible.