Oladele Elegbede, a 54-year-old grandfather, has been arrested for vandalisation and theft of power transformer cables.
Elegbede, who claimed to be a trained electrician, was arrested at the weekend by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad RRS, in Dopemu area of Lagos state.
According to the RRS, residents, who followed the suspect to the RRS headquarters, said he was responsible for the blackout that affected the community a week before his arrest.
The Ogun state native, in a confessional statement said he usually vandalized cables whenever he was broke, adding that he has succeeded in selling off about seven cables at the Railway Crossing.
“I was arrested by 5:00am. I went to the transformer to go and operate. I cut cable whenever I am broke. I have three grandchildren. My wife is dead.
“The last cable I sold weighed one kilo. I sold it for N1500. I sold it at Oju Irin Pen Cinema. The one I just cut can fetch me N1300.” he said.
A scrap metal dealer who the suspect fingered as his buyer, Abdusalmod Yau said, “I have bought cable from him (pointing to Elegbede) like seven times.”
In a similar development, another man, Andrew Onoriode, 25, who claimed to be a casual staff of Nigerian Bottling Company, Agidingbi, was also arrested behind Shoprite Ikeja with a freshly cut armoured cable.
The stolen cables, believed to belong to the Lagos State Ministry of Works, were said to have been cut from a network which supplied power to some to some of the buildings around the Secretariat.
The two suspects have been transferred to the Lagos state Task force for prosecution.
By Tobi Olaonipekun