The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Jigawa Command, has announced the arrest of four students of Government Science and Technical College (GSTC), Karkarna, in Yankwashi local government area of Jigawa state.
The students allegedly stole 18 new mini Samsung laptop computers donated to the college by the federal government. According to NAN, Muhammad Durmin-Iya, the NSCDC Commandant in the state said the students whose names were withheld allegedly stole the items from the college’s computer room. He explained: “The laptop computers were about 25 in number donated to their school by the federal government for the enhancement of ICT education in their school.
“Unfortunately, these final year students decided to steal them.”
The suspects were arrested after the school management lodged formal complaint in its office in Yankwashi local government area about the stealing of the items.
“The first time they stole 12 of the computers, and that was when the school authorities noticed and reported to our office in the area.
“So, upon receipt of the complaint, we sent our intelligence officers to the area. “And fortunately for us, we were able to arrest all of them while stealing another six sets of the computers on July 1. “We did not immediately take them to court since during their arrest, they wrote their fifth paper in WAEC. “It was also to enable us conduct thorough investigation into the matter,” he explained.
Mr Durumin-Iya said that when students were on Sallah break, the thieves stole the first set of the items and also used July 1 when council elections were conducted in the state to steal another second set of the computers. He further revealed that six of the computers were recovered from the suspects, adding that the suspects had already sold 12 of the items.
“During their arrest, six of the computers were recovered and they told us that they sold the other 12 at the rate N10,000 each at Farm Centre GSM market in Kano while each of the computers is valued at N70,000 in the market. According to him, the suspects, aged 17, would be charged to juvenile court.