The Special Investigation and Prosecution Task Force on Electricity Offences (SIPTEO) Northwest zone has apprehended seven people in Kaduna, who were said to specialise in metre cloning, theft, and vandalism.
The zonal head of the task force, Assistant Superintendent of Police Aliyu Bamalli while parading the suspects on Monday, said two members of syndicate were on the run and were being trailed.
Bamalli said the suspects were arrested following consistent reports of the activities of the syndicate.
The suspects arrested were identified as Iliya Maigeri, Alex Zamani (chief cloner), Gambo Saidu, Solomon Luka, Joseph Stephen, Monday Joseph, and Francis Ahmadu.
ASP Bamalli said the suspects cloned 13 metres from two units with the same number, adding that the suspects were arrested in Barnawa in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
We arrested the syndicates following diligent investigation and manhunt, because we work with Electricity Distribution Companies to guard against energy theft,” he said.