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Yobe police nab seven suspects for telecom mast theft  

By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
10 August 2022   |   3:21 am
Operatives of Yobe State Police Command have arrested seven suspected telecom mast vandals for illegal decommissioning of antennas.

Operatives of Yobe State Police Command have arrested seven suspected telecom mast vandals for illegal decommissioning of antennas.
   
The telecom mast belongs to the Yobe State Television (YTV); located at Dapchi, along the Damaturu-Bayamari road.
 
The suspects are: Bello Wanti 52; Abdulminini Jibril, 39; Alhaji Sabiu 40; Saidu Mohammed Bulumkutu 54; Jibril Yakubu 40; Musa Abubakar, 20 and Habibu Mohammed, 30.
    

 
Parading the suspects, yesterday, in Damaturu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dungus Abdulkarim, said: “On July 28, at about 11.30a.m., detectives from the Dapchi police station arrested and brought the suspects to the State’s Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID).
 
“The suspects claimed to be hired by AGN Garun Malam Investment to decommission an antenna mast of YTV. With this information, we have commenced our investigation on the arrested persons.”
  
Abdulkarim said the suspects are currently in the state CIID for possible prosecution in the law court after investigation.
    
He also said  the suspects claimed that the mast was sold to them by the NSCDC and therefore, the police have to investigate and get to the bottom of the allegations.
  
According to him, the Command has written to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to confirm their level of involvement in the incident.
    
However, one of the suspects, Bello Wanti, told newsmen that he is a legitimate businessman who was just a victim of police arrest.
   
Wanti claimed that he bought four masts located at Dapchi and Gashua, but his men were not aware that the Yobe State government had bought the mast until, after they had dismantled them.

Meanwhile, Yobe State Commandant of NSCDC, Saidu Aliyu, said he was not aware of the incident.