The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) has continued to cry out to its customers on the increasing rate of attack on its facilities, a situation that is almost crippling its activities and impacting its service to customers.
The Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, made this cry while interacting with newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday.
Ezeh lamented that the activities of vandals has become a torn in the flesh of the company and appealed for vigilance and continued support by customers.
According to him, fifteen vandal suspects were arrested between January and February, this included a receiver of vandalized items.
He commended the various vigilante groups within the franchise area for their assistance and support in apprehending these vandals.
“All the vandals were arrested by vigilante groups”, Ezeh said.
In Abia State, the duo of Ogbu Igwo and Daniel Olugu were arrested for vandalizing XLPE of Agborji distribution substation and some towers belonging to EEDC, while Chibuzo Egbuta was arrested for vandalizing aluminum conductors at Ozu-Item community.
Also, at Onuiyangan Community in Bende Local Government Area, Chinaemerem Azubuike was arrested while vandalizing aluminum conductors.
In Anambra State, one Amadi Okey, was arrested while vandalizing steel copper wire, and 26-year-old Onyekachukwu Ifennadolu was arrested for vandalizing Aluminum Bare Conductor at Umueri Ezumeri village Oraifite, along Onitsha/Owerri Road.
Likewise, 27-year-old Chidiebere Agbalusi was arrested at Oraifite in possession of vandalized aluminum cable and a cutter, while the duo of Usulu Solomon and Nwafo Emeka were arrested for vandalizing about sixteen spans of bare conductor wire. They mentioned one Ejike Nwoba, who was also arrested, as the receiver of the vandalized items.
Similarly, in Enugu State, 22-year-old Ugochukwu Okorie, 18-year-old Kingsley Emmanuel and 22-year-old Oluchi Okorie were arrested at Ndeabor in Aninri Local Government Area for vandalizing a distribution substation. Abdullahi Alahaji was arrested for vandalizing College Road Mgbidi Service Center distribution Substation.
At Amazon Okwe Ngwo, Udi Local Government Area, Onyema Nnaji was arrested for vandalizing electricity installation in the area, with about 8 pieces of the angle iron Cross arms recovered from him.
All the vandal suspects were handed over to the respective Police divisions for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
Ezeh appealed to customers to continue being vigilant, as vandals are not relenting in their evil ways.