Six alleged energy thieves are in the custody of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Osun Command, according to the NSCDC.
This was said by the command in a statement issued by Kehinde Adeleke, its public relations officer, in Osogbo.
The suspects were detained during a joint operation between the command and the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), according to Sunday Agboola, the state commander of the NSCDC, who was quoted by Ms. Adeleke.
Mr. Agboola claims that the criminals were apprehended on Thursday in Osogbo’s Ota-Efun neighbourhood.
The suspects, according to Mr. Agboola, allegedly admitted to the crime.
The commandant urged locals to assist the command in its renewed efforts to protect important national assets in their area by alerting the corps to the actions of vandals.
He continued by saying that the command also detained Sodiq Ayanleye, a 40-year-old suspect, for an alleged N13 million fraud.
He said that the suspect tricked his victim into giving him the money under the guise that he wanted to buy him five parcels of property in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The state commandant of the NSCDC, however, asserted that receiving money under false pretences was illegal under Sections 1 of the Advanced Fee Fraud Act and 419 of the Criminal Code of Conduct, among other related laws.
To serve as a deterrent to future potential criminals, he promised the public that the suspects would be prosecuted in a court with appropriate authority.