The Nigeria Police Force’s Yobe State Command paraded with seven suspects on Friday for allegedly dismantling the Yobe State Television (YTV) cell tower.
DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, noted while briefing the State Criminal Investigation Department newsmen that the suspects were being apprehended by police detectives associated with the Dapchi Division.
“On July 28, 2022 at approximately 11:30 am, Dapchi Divisional Police Station detectives arrested seven individuals who claimed to have been hired by a certain company called AGN Garun Malam Investment Limited to dismantle an antenna mast belonging to the police. to Yobe State Television.
Their names are: Bello Wanti 52, Abdulminini Jibril, 39, Alhaji Sabiu 40, Saidu Mohammed Bulunkutu 54, Jibril Yakubu 40, Musa Abubakar 20, Habibu Mohammed 30 years. All are currently with the state CID for further prosecution,” said DSP Abdulkarim.
According to him, the suspects claimed that the mast was sold to them by the NSCDC and that the police should therefore investigate to get to the bottom of the matter.
“The suspects have said they bought the masts from Civil Defense. This is what they said. We heard that from them. But as a sister organization, as part of our investigation, we have written to the NSCDC State Headquarters to identify their affected personnel,” informed ASP Abdulkarrem.
Bello Wanti, one of the suspects, claimed during a conversation with journalists that he is a legitimate businessman who is just a victim of the circumstances.
According to him, he bought four masts in the state of Yobe in Dapachi and Gashu’a.
He noted, however, that it was only after they had disassembled the mast that his men learned that they were given information that the mast was initially purchased by the Yobe State Government from former NITEL.
NSCDC Yobe State Command Commander Saidu Yakubu Aliyu said he was not aware of what happened in Dapchi, nor has he received any correspondence regarding the matter.
The NSCDC chief stressed that when he took office in Yobe State Command, he has only given one permission to do so in Gujba, which has been duly communicated to him at headquarters.
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