The Ogun State Police Command have arrested three suspected thieves who vandalised and carted away N1.8 million telecommunications mast in Ibafo area of the state.
The suspects were said to be members of a syndicate who specialised in vandalising telecommunications companies’ masts in Ibafo in the Obafemi-Owode local government area of the state.
In a statement on Sunday, the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) , Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Adeola Oyesanya, Bashiru Mohammed and Musa Mohammed were arrested on Saturday with their loot.
According to him, the suspects were arrested following a report by a security guard attached to an MTN mast in papa in Ibafo, that a group of thieves has invaded the site, vandalised and carted away 12 batteries valued at about 1.8 million naira.
“On receiving the report, the DPO Ibafo, SP Abiodun Ayinde, quickly mobilised his anti-robbery men and moved to the scene.
“On sighting the policemen, the suspects abandoned their loot and escaped to the nearby bush.
“The entire area was subsequently cordoned off by the policemen and the bush was properly combed as a result of which the first suspect Adeola Oyesanya was arrested.
“His arrest led to the arrest of the other two suspects who are the receivers of stolen goods.
“On interrogation, they all confessed to the commission of the crime and that they have been on the business for quite some time now,” Oyeyemi said.
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.