In a swift response to a distress call from the Showo community along Kobape in the Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, the Owode Egba Police Division of the Ogun State Command successfully recovered a vandalized transformer owned by the IBEDC (Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company).
The incident, which occurred on Friday, was brought to the attention of law enforcement by vigilant villagers at 04:30 hours.
Led by CSP Popoola Olasunkanmi, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Owode Egba Police Division, officers quickly mobilized to the scene upon receiving the intelligence report. Their prompt action led to the arrest of one Adewole Adekunle, residing at Number 28, Eleko, Aja Lagos.
The suspected syndicate responsible for the act attempted to flee, with some members escaping into the nearby bush, leaving behind a Volkswagen bus with registration number EKY 202 YG (Lagos State) and its associated documents.
Additionally, Ogunwatch learnt that several tools and materials used for the vandalism were recovered, including an Itel phone, a digger, a chisel, eleven large spanners, twenty-five small bolts, eleven big spanners, a large pincher, assorted clothing in a polythene bag, and the vandalized transformer itself.
Law enforcement agencies are now working diligently to track down the remaining members of the notorious gang and bring them to justice. The investigation is ongoing, and further updates will be provided as it progresses.
Commissioner of Police CP Abiodun Alamutu, after being briefed on the incident, has directed that the arrested suspect be charged in court as a clear message of deterrence to potential vandals.
He also issued a stern warning to scavengers, cautioning them to avoid government properties or face the full force of the law.