Suspected Gunmen Cart Away Four PHED Transformers In Rivers Community

Suspected Gunmen Cart Away Four PHED Transformers In Rivers Community

CDC: Three suspects undergoing interrogation

Police: We only sighted a truck loaded with transformer, but no arrest was made

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Suspected armed men on Tuesday night stormed Ubima community in Ikwerre Local government area of Rivers State with Toyota Hilux van and carted away four of the six electricity transformers powering the community.

The Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman, Mr. Kingdom Elem said those who have the custody of the keys to the transformers in the community were arrested yesterday and are being interrogated at Elele Police Division.

He said the CDC after their next meeting would come out with a solution on how to connect the electricity back to the community and to also ensure that such an ugly incident did not repeat again.

The Rivers State Police spokesman, Ahmad Mohammad, a Deputy Superintended of Police (DSP) confirmed the incident but said the information he received from his Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area showed that no arrest was made.

Ahmad said: “The matter was reported, and the police sighted truck carrying transformers at Etche axis of the state but when they got there they could not see anybody and because of that nobody was arrested in connection with stolen transformers.”

Some members of the community who spoke with The Nation said the gunmen shot sporadically during their operation untill they left the community, adding that those who stole the transformers are not far from the local government.

A member of the community, Mr. Achuluowanike Okah said the electricity distribution company just brought light to the community two days before the transformers were stolen by unknown gunmen.

Mr. Okah noted that with the increasing insecurity in the area, members of the community who heard the gunshot could not accept to alert others because of fear, stressing that there is need to have tight security in the area.