Two persons have bagged different jail sentences for vandalizing equipment belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC.
The convicts include Okechukwu Anoke, who was jailed by a Federal High Court in Abakaliki for three years by Justice Akintayo Aluko.
It was learnt that he was sentenced for vandalising aluminum conductor cables, property of EEDC at Onicha Isu, Ebonyi State, an act punishable under Section 1(10) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, Volume 9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
In the same vein, one Matthew Moses was sentenced to one year imprisonment by U.M. Ozoeze (Mrs), Chief Magistrate, at Court 9, Enugu-North Magisterial District, Enugu State for receiving stolen property belonging to EEDC.
Speaking on the developments, the EEDC communications manager, Mr. Emeka Ezeh disclosed that “a total of twelve vandals have been apprehended by men of various vigilante groups in the South East for their involvement in vandalising properties and installations belonging to EEDC.
“Onyedika Nwosu, Chizoba Ezedialu and Chinonso Ezenwaume were arrested by the Achina Community vigilante, Ekwulobia, Anambra State for vandalising EEDC Substation located at Oye Achina; while Ezenwa Chidiebere and Obinna Ubah were arrested for receiving vandalised properties of EEDC.
“The duo of Stanley Nwaemeka and Abumchukwu Nwele were arrested by the Umuogharu Community vigilante group in Ezza North Local Government Area, Ebonyi State for vandalising Okposi Umuogharu 3 Substations and also carting away some armored cables belonging to EEDC.
“At Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State, Maduka Udechukwu of Umumillo Village, was arrested for vandalizing aluminium bare conductors belonging to EEDC in Umumillo Village.”
Eze added that “Damian Onu along with two members of his gang identified as Chinwendu Ebie and Kenechukwu Okoye were arrested for vandalising Ihie Ishiagu Community 500KVA Substation; while Ikechukwu Nwankpa was arrested by vigilante group for vandalising Water Works 160KVA Substation located at Tipper junction, Awkunanaw.
“The arrested vandals have been handed over to Police for interrogation, further investigation and possible prosecution. This development is expected to reduce the rate of vandalism which is currently on the rise.
“As we continue to call on our customers and members of the public to join hands with EEDC in ensuring that the Substations provided to serve them are not vandalised, we commend the efforts of the various vigilante groups, Army, Police and Civil Defense for their unalloyed support in ensuring that these elements are apprehended and brought to book.”