The operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested 82 suspected vandals and 22 illegal miners from August till date.
The FCT Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Olusola Odumosu, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen on Thursday, December 28, in Abuja.
Odumosu said that 20 suspects were arrested in connection with manhole cover theft and vandalism of critical national assets and infrastructure.
He said that five suspects were arrested in September for alleged vandalism of electrical cables, 14 for alleged vandalism of other public property, and two others for alleged television theft.
The commandant said that the other suspects include 28 persons nabbed for alleged railway vandalism and destruction of other critical national assets.
“Eleven were apprehended in October for illegal mining. December recorded parade of 11 illegal miners and two vandals,” he added.
Odumosu said that the command, under his leadership, had sanctioned three Private Guard Companies for various offences including operating without licence and refusing to renew licence.
He said that the command was prepared to intensify efforts in 2024 to clamp down on vandals, illegal PGC operators and miscreants within the FCT.