Police arrest transformer vandal, suspected cultists in Imo 

Arrests of a notorious transformer vandal and two suspected cultists were weekend effected following an intense information gathering by the Nekede Divisional Police headquarters in Owerri west local government area of Imo state, in synergy with the local vigilantes.

In a press statement issued by the Imo Police command’s spokesman, ASP Henry Okoye and made available to newsmen, he gave the name of the notorious transformer vandal as Ewurum Obinna, ‘m’, 22 years, who specialises  in vandalising  transformers and stealing electricity armoured cables in Nekede community and environs.

He said: “He was arrested in the early hours of  Sunday after a hot chase by the ever-gallant operatives. On interrogation, he confessed to the crime, admitting that his syndicate was responsible for stealing high-tension electricity cables and vandalising the transformers at Dike Dum Lodge, Trinity Junction and other areas in Nekede. He has provided useful information to the police to assist in the investigation and efforts have been intensified to arrest other suspects at large, particularly, the receivers of the stolen items and make them face the law.

“In another development and on the same day, at about 1620 hours, operatives of the Nekede Divisional Police headquarters, while on intelligence-led visibility patrol along Human Race Road, Naze, in Owerri North local government area of the state, intercepted two suspected cultists who were en route to perfect their criminal intentions. They include: Chimezie Chukwukere ‘m’ 26 years, and Arinze Victor ‘m’ 26 years. On searching the suspects, one black toy gun, two cutlasses, black berets with a black axe logo inscribed on it, and other incriminating items were recovered,” he said.