Friday, September 30, 2022

Eight Suspects Arrested For Vandalizing EEDC Installations

No fewer than eight people have been detained in various locations throughout the South-East for damaging installations belonging to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, PLC, EEDC.

EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, who verified the arrests, blamed vandalism for the network service outages in some areas.

Ezeh bemoaned bitterly in a statement on Thursday how the rising rate of vandalism has harmed the company’s ability to provide its clients with service.

The majority of the arrests, he acknowledged, had been made by vigilante groups, but he also praised the assistance of important stakeholders and the different vigilante organizations in halting the nasty trend.

He attributed the change to the ongoing discussions he had with stakeholders about the need to protect the electrical equipment located in their neighborhoods from vandalism.

According to Ezeh, the youths of the Ulakwo village in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State arrested Nonso Sunday Nwajonta, a suspected vandal, over the weekend while he was in possession of aluminum conductors (cables).

“Within the same period, with the assistance of security men attached to Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Ifeanyi Onwe and Anthony Oselebe, were arrested for vandalizing a substation belonging to EEDC situated along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, by Pioneer Students Hostel.

“Earlier in the month, at Uzuakoli, Abia State, the Ngwu relief distribution substation belonging to EEDC was attacked by vandals, and the upriser cable carted away, but with the intervention of Uzuakoli vigilante group, one of the vandals identified as Henry Nwachukwu was arrested, while three of his colleagues took to their heels. Efforts are being made by the police to arrest the fleeing suspects.

“At Eziafor, Abia State, some members of vigilante group arrested the duo of Kingsley Uko Agwu and Ebere Ofia Uchendu, while vandalizing a feeder panel, property of EEDC,” he disclosed.

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