Afeez Hanafi

The police in Lagos have arrested three soldiers and a dismissed Air Force officer, Oludayo Odufoye, for allegedly stealing solar panels and inverter solar batteries installed in some public schools in the state.

The soldiers were identified as Sunday Olalekan, Suleiman Usman and Olajide Busayo.

Other suspects are Samuel Ani, Michael Omoregbe, Efosa Emmanuel, Nwabueze Nnamani, Festus Maduka, John Nwokeoma and Chibuzor Chukwu.

Nwokoema and Chukwu reportedly bought the panels from the gang.

The soldiers were said to have provided escort for the gang to steal the items at the Okemagba Senior Secondary School, Epe.

The PUNCH learnt that some members of the public, who got wind of the act, alerted the police and the suspects were arrested.

A truck with number plate, LND 61 XQ, containing the stolen items were also said to have been recovered from them.

Our correspondent learnt that the soldiers had been handed over to the Nigerian Army, 9 Brigade, Ikeja, for court-marshal.

The Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgar, paraded the suspects on Wednesday at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja.

The CP said the gang had vandalised similar equipment owned by the government and private organisations in the Epe, Sangotedo and Badagry areas of the state.

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