THE Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has commended the stakeholder partnership in various communities, alluding to it the recent arrests of vandals of electrical installations in the South East.
Hailing the recent sentencing to three years in prison by the Chief Magistrate Court Bende, Abia State on August 9, 2017, of Mr. Onuorah Godswill, of Okoko Item in Bende Local Government Area, EEDC hoped that this will serve as a deterrent to other vandals.
Onuorah was jailed for stealing, and vandalizing bare conductor wire, property of EEDC in Okoko Item. He was apprehended by some natives in the area.
According to Emeka Ezeh
EEDC, “this development is a clear indication that the plea by EEDC for stakeholder partnership and involvement in the protection of electrical installations within their neighborhood, is yielding the desired results, as vandals are being apprehended in their numbers by the various Vigilance groups across the South East.”
In a statement, he disclosed that, “five men identified as Chinedu Anike, Emenike Okoye, Chidera Nweke, Chukwu Onyekachi and Emmanuel Mathew, were apprehended for vandalising a distribution substation, property of EEDC, in Awgu, Enugu State.”
The Enugu State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), is investigating the matter, after the suspects confessed to committing the crime.
In another development, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested Onyedika Dike and Echezona Obisike for vandalising EEDC distribution substation at Uhualla Osina Community, Orlu, Imo State.
Izuchukwu Ibe and Kingsley Ugochukwu were behind the vandalized EEDC distribution substation at Umuzeike, Orlu, Imo. Meanwhile John Mary Anakor and Kosarachi Anagworo, from Oji River and Nsukka respectively, were arrested for attacking EEDC substation at Eke Junction in Udi Local government Area.
Reveling in the widespread arrests in various communities, the EEDC Spokesman noted further in a statement that, “at the Quarry area of Umuoghara in Ezza North Local government Area of Ebonyi State, Chukwuka Oken and Monday Otubo were arrested for vandalising a 500KVA distribution substation belonging to EEDC, while members of Elugwu Community of Bende, Abia arrested a four-man gang for vandalizing a transformer at Ndielu in Ugwueke.
“The Uzuakoli Police Division is investigating the suspects, Favour Ukala, Jude Chimezie, Uchegbu James Nwobodo and Elija Okpara, for possible prosecution.”
Eze noted that “the increased rate of vandalism calls for concerted effort by members of the public and the law enforcement agents, as it constitutes economic sabotage. “So far, the company expends substantial amounts of money repairing and replacing vandalised equipment while achieving considerable success in prosecuting arrested vandals.”
Commending the efforts of various Vigilance groups, the Civil Defence Corps, the Army and the Police, he said that
EEDC has always reiterated its “commitment towards fighting vandalism and calls on well meaning and law abiding citizens to join hands in fighting this menace.”