It was a bad day for Public property vandals in Enugu state as Enugu state Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC has arrested five persons including a student of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN.
One of the suspects simply identified as Samuel, a first-year student of Agric Extension with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), was arrested at the school premises by the institution’s security, with large quantities of peeled coated cables and sophisticated equipment used for vandalism were recovered from his room.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, in Enugu on Friday.
According to him, Samuel, while confessing to the crime, claimed he carries out the criminal act alone at night during classes and sells his loot to a buyer in Onitsha.
Ezeh confirmed that investigation is already ongoing to arrest the receiver of these vandalized items.
However, in a related development, on Monday, at Oshituma, Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, three vandal suspects identified as Fleke Kingsley, Egbo Friday, and Okefe Stanley were arrested by the community vigilante while in possession of 3 bags containing about 6 spans of aluminum conductors suspected to belong to EEDC.
Also, recently at Abakaliki, a suspect identified as Chinemere Obiah was arrested by Civil Security Guards attached to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, in possession of upriser cables suspected to belong to EEDC.
Ezeh lamented at the increasing rate at which EEDC facilities are being attacked by vandals and called on customers to remain vigilant and ensure the electricity installations serving them are not attacked by vandals.
“There is no day that passes without a report of a vandalized facility in our network”, Ezeh said.
“This is inconveniencing our customers and making us deploy the scarce resources meant for other projects into the replacement of the vandalised items, and this is no longer sustainable”.
Ezeh confirmed that the arrested vandals have been handed over to the respective police formations for detailed investigation and possible prosecution.
Ezeh appealed to customers to see the electricity facility within their neighborhood as their own property and raise alarm anytime they suspect strange and suspicious activity within such a facility.
“We should all work together as stakeholders to checkmate this ugly trend.”
Ezeh, on behalf of EEDC, appreciated the various vigilante groups, neighbourhood watch within its franchise area for their consistent support in fighting this ugly trend. He also thanked the various state security agencies for their continued support.