The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ondo State Command have arrested three men for allegedly stealing and selling prepaid meters in the state.
The suspects identified as Gospel Osuola, 26, Oladele Ibukun, 42, and Dayo Akinlafe, 40, were alleged of conspiracy, stealing, tampering as well as illegal possession of eight prepaid meters.
According to the corps, the suspects who confessed to the crime in their statements said that the prepaid meters were stolen on 27th and 29th September, 2021 at Alagbaka area and Ijapo Estate, in Akure, the state capital.
The suspects were said to have been selling the stolen meters at the rate of ₦60,000 each with the offence said to be contrary to the Miscellaneous Offences Act 2004.
While parading the suspects, the NSCDC State Commandant, Hammed Abodunrin stated that the arrests were made possible through sustained Intelligence of the corps.
Abodunrin added that following the intelligence report received as regards the nefarious activities of the suspect, 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.
While emphasizing that all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution, the Commandant, Command will not relent towards hunting those engaging in such heinous business.
He, however, advised Nigerians to be wary hoodlums when trying to purchase prepaid meter in order to avoid buy stolen property.