CITY NEWS Ar­ti­san al­legedly steals N2.5m Min­is­te­rial slot: FCT chiefs urge na­tives to shelve protest ca­ble from con­struc­tion site

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Taiwo Adeniyi By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

The po­lice in Gwar­inpa have ar­rested an ar­ti­san for al­legedly steal­ing elec­tri­cal ca­bles val­ued at about N2.5 mil­lion from a con­struc­tion site at Katampe Ex­ten­sion.

Po­lice sources said the sus­pect had been re­mov­ing the ca­bles from the site af­ter in­stal­la­tion over a pe­riod of two months.

A source said owner of the site re­ported at the Gwar­inpa Po­lice Sta­tion on Fri­day that some un­known per­sons had re­moved elec­tri­cal ca­bles from the con­struc­tion site.

The Gwar­inpa Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, CSP Nu­rud­deen Sabo said the ar­ti­san, a ma­son, con­fessed to the crime dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said the sus­pect iden­ti­fied only as Ab­dulRah­man led de­tec­tives to where he dis­posed the ca­bles in Niger State.

He said two peo­ple who bought the ca­bles from the sus­pect were also ar­rested.

“Two peo­ple were ar­rested for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing prop­erty sus­pected to be stolen and they con­fessed to have bought it for N266, 000,” he added. Tra­di­tional rulers in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) have ap­pealed to na­tives to shelve their planned protest over the fail­ure of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to pass a bill grant­ing FCT na­tives a min­is­te­rial slot.

The na­tives had planned to block the Giri-Air­port road be­fore the intervention of the 17 tra­di­tional rulers led by the Ona of Abaji, Al­haji Adamu Baba Yunusa yes­ter­day.

The tra­di­tional rulers met with the na­tives at the palace of the Chief of Garki, Al­haji Us­man Nga- Kupi and as­sured them that they would meet with the FCT Min­is­ter, Muhammad Musa Bello to ad­dress their griev­ances.

The tra­di­tional rulers urged them to se­lect their rep­re­sen­ta­tives that would join them when they meet with the FCT min­is­ter.

Ad­dress­ing news men shortly af­ter meet­ing with the tra­di­tional rulers, the as­sis­tant co­or­di­na­tor of the Coali­tion of the FCT Indige­nous As­so­ci­a­tion, Dal­hatu Ezikel, said the de­sire of the na­tives was to shut down Abuja, but for the intervention of the tra­di­tional rulers.

“But we want to pass this mes­sage very clear that it is very un­fair for any­body to think that the na­tives of FCT be­long nowhere,” he said.

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