The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kwara State yesterday in Ilorin, the state capital paraded a 62-year-old former territorial manager of NITEL communication, Benedict Uwulekhue, alongside 11 others on allegation of vandalism, criminal conspiracy and illegal sales of NITEL equipment .
The state commandant of the NSCDC, Pedro Ideba, said two of the accomplices of the former NITEL manager allegedly offered N140, 000 bribe to NSCDC men to stop criminal investigation of their alleged offences.
The commandant said some of the equipment allegedly sold to two suspected buyers in Ilorin metropolis included vandalised high tension cables, electricity transformer and containerised transmitter belonging to NITEL .
He recalled that the defunct NITEL in the state capital still had some telecommunication equipment in its premises, saying that the arrested suspects included three security men on guard at the company.
The NSCDC boss, who said the buyers of the NITEL equipment could not produce documents to authenticate ownership of the items, adding that it was during further investigation into one of the buyers’ houses that two industrial electricity generating plants belonging to the government were discovered.
He also said that the security men attached to the NITEL premises had confessed to the crime, adding that all the items had been moved to the command’s headquarters and that all the accused would be arraigned in court after conclusion of investigation