Vandalization: EEDC charges customers to be vigilant as court convicts two

The head of corporate communication at Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Emeka Ezeh, has charged customers to be vigilant against the activities of vandals within their communities.
Ezeh gave the advise in a statement following the recent conviction and sentence of two vandals of EEDC properties.

The duo of Chinonso Chinaemelu, 27,  and Okoye Chisom Christian, 20, were sentenced to one year imprisonment respectively by the Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Awka Judicial Division holden at Awka, Anambra State, for vandalizing a distribution substation belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC).

The duo were arrested on the 29th of November 2023 by Abatete local vigilante group while attempting to vandalize the distribution substation within the locality.

Also, a couple identified as Mr & Mrs Ebuka Umeh were arrested by some members of Isuorji community neighborhood security in Orlu, Imo State, when Ebuka’s wife was attempting to pick the vandalized items from a distribution substation belonging to EEDC with their motorcycle.  It was gathered that the couple attacked the substation for three days.

In his confessional statement, Ebuka testified that the vandalized items were sold to scrap dealers. The suspects were handed over to Orlu Police Division for proper investigation while effort is on to arrest the scrap dealers.

Ezeh lamented the spate of vandalism in the EEDC network stating that it is a major challenge negatively impacting the smooth operations of the company.

According to him, between January 2022 to date the company has recorded over 170 cases of vandalism in its network, with about 135 suspected vandals arrested, out of which over 100 have been charged to court.

He stressed that the company will not relent in its resolve to prosecute these arrested suspects and go all out to fish out receivers of these vandalized items as they remain the motivation for the vandals

“We commend the judiciary for the judgement, and hope that this will serve as a deterrent to many others out there, engaging in such criminal acts.”

Ezeh appreciated the various communities that have committed to joining hands with EEDC to contain activities of vandals and called on others to do the same because once these electricity infrastructures are attacked customers will be subjected to blackout for a while.  

“Customers are therefore advised to be vigilant and not allow these installations within their neighborhood to be vandalized,” Ezeh advised.

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