Four Suspects Arrested For Vandalising EEDC Installations

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One Wisdom Kalu Onu has been arrested by the security personnel of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, for vandalising electrical installations located within the campus premises, belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC).

The Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, who made this known in Enugu confirmed that the suspect, along with the vandalised materials have been handed over to Nsukka Urban Police Station for proper investigation and possible prosecution.

Ezeh, who narrated the ugly experience the company has been going through at the hands of vandals, reiterated the company’s resolve to continue working with critical stakeholders to ensure that these elements perpetrate this dastardly act are apprehended and brought to book.

He said that there is no day that passes without the company receiving a report of an electrical installation that has been attacked. “It has gone so bad that the vandals now go as far as draining transformer oil, even after carting away with the armoured cables”, a situation he described as disheartening.

According to the company’s spokesman, well over twenty transformers have been attacked by vandals across the company’s network in the past three weeks, with four of the vandals apprehended.

Also 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 away 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 vandalising 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.

“There is a need for our customers to be more vigilant in ensuring that electricity installations sited within their neighbourhoods 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 has adversely affected the company’s daily energy allocation.

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