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Osun teenagers caught stealing high-tension cables

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Two teenagers, Jelili and Babatunde, by names, have been reportedly arrested by members of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service for stealing a high-tension electricity cable in Arola village in Ede, Osun State.

A security source told PUNCH Metro that the suspects were nabbed around 3:30 pm in the bush in Arola village on Tuesday.

The security said before the suspects were picked up, they had successfully cut an electricity cable from high-tension poles in the area and were about to flee the scene.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said hunters had monitored the activities of the suspects within the area for some time before they were eventually arrested while perpetrating the crime.

“We caught them around 3:30 pm inside the bush. The operatives of the Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service in Ede arrested the two suspected vandals on Tuesday.

“They were caught stealing high-tension cable around the Akoda/Arola area in Ede. The first suspect is identified as Babatunde, while the second is Akeem. They are both 19 years of age. We have handed them over to the NSCDC officers for further investigation.

“We have monitored the suspects over some time. Criminals are using the bush for cover, but it was easy for us to lay in the bush and get them because we know the terrain very well,” he said.

When contacted, Kehinde Adeleke, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Osun State, said the suspects were in the command’s custody.

“It is true. They are in our custody. The investigation is progressing well. They may go to court on Thursday,” she said.

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