Four Vandals Of Electrical Installations Have Been Arrested
Enugu Power Company, EEDC Arrests Four Vandals In Ebonyi, Anambra.
They had been handed over to the police for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) on Friday, disclosed it has arrested four people for allegedly vandalising electrical installations in states of Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.
EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, who disclosed this in statement, said all the suspects were arrested with the vandalised materials.
Ezeh, however, noted that they had been handed over to the police for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
According to him, a young man identified as Wisdom Kalu Onu, an indigene of Abia State was apprehended on Thursday, by the security personnel of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, for vandalising electrical installations located within the Campus premises, belonging to the power distribution company.
He said he was subsequently handed over to Nsukka Urban Police Station for proper investigation.
Ezeh, who narrated the ugly experience the company has been going through in the hands of vandals, reiterated the company’s resolve to continue working with critical stakeholders to ensure that the elements perpetrating the dastardly act were apprehended and brought to book.
He said that there was no day that passed without the company receiving a report of electrical installation that had been attacked.
“It has gone so bad that the vandals now go as far as draining transformer oil, even after carting away the armoured cables,” a situation he described as disheartening.
According to the company’s spokesman, well over twenty transformers had been attacked by vandals across the company’s network in the past three weeks, with four of the vandals apprehended.
On Monday, at Ndibe, in Afikpo North Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, a suspect identified as Ogbonnia Otu, was apprehended by the President General of the community with the support of his team, in possession of 150mm2 upriser cable believed to have been carted from a distribution substation belonging to EEDC.
Similarly, on Sunday, a suspected vandal, Tochukwu Onumaegbulam was arrested by the Electricity Committee Task Force of Umuloola Community, Orlu, Imo State, for vandalising the distribution substation serving the community.
In Abatete, Anambra State, Ndubuisi Okuogba was arrested by members of Vigilante Group in Abatete, for vandalizing a 500KVA distribution substation serving the area. The suspect was apprehended while in possession of four intermediate armoured cables stolen from the substation, which he had burnt for the purpose of extracting the copper, before his arrest.
The suspects were handed over to the respective Police Stations for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
While calling on customers to be more involved in securing these installations that are serving them, Ezeh commended the efforts of the Security Personnel, Vigilante Groups, as well as the President General and his team, in apprehending the suspects.
“There is need for our customers to be more vigilant in ensuring that electricity installations sited within their neighborhoods are protected against attacks by these criminal elements in the society.”
Ezeh reiterated that these vandals were capitalising on the poor availability occasioned by the drop in quantum of power generation experienced in the sector in recent times, which had adversely affected the company’s daily energy allocation.
“We keep committing millions of Naira restoring vandalized installations and this is no longer sustainable, considering our current financial state.”
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