EEDC: How Eight Suspects Landed In Police Internet Over Alleged Vandalism

The EEDC mentioned it was disturbed on the newest flip of occasions the place vandals now resort to draining transformer oil, thereby subjecting the transformer to threat of blowing up as soon as provide is restored.

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The Enugu Electrical energy Distribution Firm PLC (EEDC) has cried out over the speed of vandalism being carried out by hoodlums.

The EEDC expressed concern over the elevated incidences of vandalism of its electrical amenities throughout the South-East area.

That is following one other spherical of arrest of eight individuals who have been concerned in vandalism.

The EEDC mentioned it was disturbed on the newest flip of occasions the place vandals now resort to draining transformer oil, thereby subjecting the transformer to threat of blowing up as soon as provide is restored.

In its quest to nip this ugly pattern within the bud, with the assist of consumers and different essential stakeholders, a complete of eight vandal suspects have been arrested for attacking energy tools belonging to EEDC and have been handed over to the Police for correct investigation and doable prosecution.

Confirming this to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday, the Head of Company Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh mentioned that throughout the final quarter of the yr, there isn’t a day the corporate doesn’t file a mean of three transformers attacked throughout its franchise areas, most of which have their oil drained.

“Prior to now, the vandals have been carting away armored cables and naked conductors, however in latest instances, we file extra instances of drained transformer oil which poses higher hazard to the transformer as a result of it might get broken when energized with none oil in it”, Ezeh defined.

“As soon as vandalism occurs, our prospects are thrown into darkness, houses are affected, and companies are affected too as losses are recounted amid the inconveniences that lack of electrical energy provide brings,” he added.

In line with Ezeh, “at Ndiagbo Ofeke Ishieke in Ebonyi Native Authorities Space of Ebonyi State, the vigilante group arrested Chinonso Mgbada, a local of Ugwuachara, additionally in Ebonyi Native Authorities Space, alongside Ohatekwe Street, Ishieke, whereas vandalizing aluminum conductors belonging to EEDC.

“At Umuobia Olokoro, Umuahia, Abia State, Onyebuchi Uchechi was arrested by the villagers for vandalizing aluminum conductors of their group, whereas the duo of Chiwendu Chukwuemeka and Azubuike Chinemere, have been arrested by vigilante group at Onuinyan Village in Bende, Bende Native Authorities Space of Abia State, for vandalizing aluminum conductors, property of EEDC.”

Ezeh additional recounted {that a} 24-year-old Okechi Chukwuebuka, a local of Aguleru in Anambra East Native Authorities Space, who resides at Umudim village, Nnewi, was arrested by vigilante group for vandalizing a Transformer positioned at Ozubulu.

“Ikechukwu Okafor was arrested alongside together with his shuttle bus with registration quantity TTK165XA, by Ndiogbuonyeoma Ndiuche Arondiuzuogu Okigwe Group Vigilante, for vandalizing their electrical energy energy line; whereas Okechukwu Okafor and Toochukwu Ike, have been arrested by indigenes of Amuzam in Ugbuawka Group, Nkanu East Native Authorities Space, Enugu State, for vandalizing 5 spans of Excessive Pressure wires of their group.

“The adverse results of vandalism don’t solely have an effect on electrical energy shoppers, but additionally has its personal toll on the distribution firm, as large sum is expended in restoring vandalized amenities whereas billions of Naira is misplaced in income.

“This yr alone, we’ve got spent near N300 Million within the alternative and restoration of vandalized amenities, in order to make sure our prospects usually are not left in darkness, even because the variety of unattended instances are on the rise with day by day occurrences.

“We due to this fact enchantment to our prospects to be extra vigilant and safeguard the electrical energy installations serving them to keep away from some unscrupulous parts holding them in darkness, particularly as we’re going into the yuletide.

“Clients are inspired to see themselves as half homeowners of the amenities, although they belong to EEDC, however they’re there to serve them, and as soon as they’re vandalized, they continue to be out of provide till the difficulty is addressed,” he added.

Whereas acknowledging and appreciating the efforts of the Group Vigilante teams and different safety companies in curbing the menace of vandalism, Ezeh mentioned the EEDC “is encourage different neighbourhoods/areas to arrange and arrange a neighborhood safety outfit that may assist safeguard the amenities that serve them amongst different tasks.”

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