The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says no fewer than nine alleged notorious vandals of electricity installations were apprehended in the South-East region recently.
Ezeh said that the increasing rate of vandalism of electrical installations across the South-East region was a major hindrance to its operations, thereby subjecting electricity consumers to irregular power supply and impacting on the company’s revenue.
According to him, despite several imprisonments and arrests of vandals, in addition to engagement of customers as well as stakeholders within its network, this unpleasant trend had continued.
“Just recently, Okereke Ugochukwu and Paul Kelechi were arrested by villagers at Obinagu Umuadar, for vandalizing 11KV-T-Off, carting away 13 spans of cables, belonging to EEDC, located at Obinagu Umuadar, Isuochi in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia state.
“Another suspected vandal, Chukwuebuka Igwe, an indigene of Ebonyi, was apprehended by members of Ogbo-Otu Ikenga, Ogidi in Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra state, while in possession of cutting implements and four intermediate cables suspected to be EEDC property.
“Chibuoke Jude was arrested by police from Umumba Police Station in possession of two intermediate cables suspected to be property of EEDC. Jude confessed to have gotten the cables from distribution sub-station belonging to EEDC at Umuaga-Udi in Enugu state.
“In Ihe town, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu state, Sunday Ike, was arrested by members of Electricity Committee of Ihe town, for vandalising a low tension aluminum cable belonging to EEDC at Okpatu sub-station of the town.
“In Ebonyi state, one Ifeanyi Adom was arrested by members of the Amazu Vigilance group in connection with vandalism a transformer belonging to EEDC, located at Amazu Junction Nkalagu.
“While in the course of interrogation, Adom identified one Iloegbunam Oruegbala as the buyer of the cables.
“The buyer was subsequently arrested and both of them detained for further investigation at the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters, Abakaliki.
“Similarly, in Ebonyi state, the duo of Chinedu Ogbu and Ebere Nwovu were arrested by some members of the community vigilance group for vandalism of a 300KVA transformer, belonging to EEDC at Nwezenyi Izzi in Izzi Local Government Area,’’ he said.
The EEDC spokesman said that all the apprehended vandals along with the buyer were handed over to the police in the respective states for proper investigation and prosecution.
“We are concerned that while we strive to improve on the quality of service delivery to our esteemed customers, some individuals that should engage in productive activities resort to frustrating both us and our customers,’’ he said.
Ezeh, however, appreciated the various community vigilante groups and state security agencies for their support in apprehending the vandals.