The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC, (EEDC) has blamed the rising activities of vandals on its facilities.
EEDC’s Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh disclosed this on Wednesday.
Ezeh appealed for support and assistance from customers and necessary stakeholders.
He stated that vigilante groups have apprehended over 15 vandals from January to February.
In Abia State, Ogbu Igwo and Daniel Olugu were arrested for vandalizing XLPE of the Agborji distribution substation and some towers belonging to EEDC. In contrast, Chibuzo Egbuta was arrested for vandalising aluminium conductors at the Ozu-Item community.
Also, at Onuiyangan Community in Bende Local Government Area, Chinaemerem Azubuike was arrested while vandalising aluminium conductors.
In Anambra State, one Amadi Okey was arrested while vandalising steel copper wire, and 26-year-old Onyekachukwu Ifennadolu was arrested for vandalising Aluminum Bare Conductor at Umueri Ezumeri village Oraifite, along Onitsha/Owerri Road.
Likewise, 27-year-old Chidiebere Agbalusi was arrested at Oraifite in possession of vandalised aluminium cable and a cutter, while the duo of Usulu Solomon and Nwafo Emeka were arrested for vandalising about 16 spans of bare conductor wire. They mentioned one Ejike Nwoba, who was also arrested, as the receiver of the vandalised items.
Similarly, in Enugu State, 22-year-old Ugochukwu Okorie, 18-year-old Kingsley Emmanuel and 22-year-old Oluchi Okorie were arrested at Ndeabor in Aninri Local Government Area for vandalising a distribution substation. Abdullahi Alahaji was arrested for vandalising College Road Mgbidi Service Center distribution Substation.
At Amazon Okwe Ngwo, Udi Local Government Area, Onyema Nnaji was arrested for vandalising electricity installation in the area, with about eight pieces of the angle iron Cross arms recovered from him.
All the vandal suspects were handed over to the respective Police divisions for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
Ezeh appealed to customers to continue vigilance, as vandals are not relenting in their evil ways.