Three suspects have been arrested in Ondo state by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, for stealing prepaid meters.
The suspects identified as Gospel Osuola, 26, Oladele Ibukun, 42, and Dayo Akinlafe, 40, who are being accused of alleged conspiracy, stealing, tampering as well as illegal possession of eight prepaid meters, have reportedly confessed to the crime in their statements.
The suspects who said the prepaid meters were stolen on 27th and 29th September, 2021 at Alagbaka area and Ijapo Estate, in Akure, the state capital, revealed that they have been selling them at the rate of N60,000 each, an offence said to be contrary to the Miscellaneous Offences Act 2004.
Parading the suspects, the NSCDC State Commandant Hammed Abodunrin said the arrests were effected through sustained Intelligence of the corps.
Abodunrin revealed that after they received an intelligence report over the nefarious activities of the suspects, the Critical National Assets and Infrastructure Department of the Command swung into action and apprehended the prime suspect, Osuola who led the operatives to the hideout of the other two suspects.
Warning Nigerians to be wary of hoodlums when purchasing a prepaid meter in order to not to buy a stolen property, the NSCDC commandant stated that all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.