According to Charles Brown, the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River State, the NSCDC has only made 14 vandalism arrests and filed criminal charges in the past year and a half.
The Corps arrested a 40-year-old man named Ibrahim Sani for stealing armoured cables and flex wires and vandalizing streetlights in Calabar, he told reporters over the weekend.
He claims that before the agency was put in place, vandalism of public buildings was commonplace, but that the state is now “too hot for vandals.”
For vandals, we are going to turn the state into a furnace. We have successfully prosecuted 14 cases in the past 14 months. All of these incidents involve vandalism against vital public facilities.
We have a suspect in custody who admitted to selling stolen goods to scrap metal buyers over the weekend.
He was unable to identify any of the vendors we invited since they all said no.
Brown asked locals to keep an eye out for any vandals damaging government property and to notify the corps if they saw any.
In addition, he advocated for collaboration between state and federal agencies in the realm of infrastructure so that the Corps could more effectively patrol and maintain surveillance of vital and national assets in the state.