Two suspects have been handed over to the police in Anambra State for allegedly vandalizing facilities belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC).
Newzandar News reports that the suspects were identified as Odom Sunday, a native of Ozara in Awgu Local Government Area, Enugu State and Okwuchukwu Nweze, of Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra State.
It was learnt that they were both arrested by Akwaeze Vigilante team for attacking Magbuwa 2 Distribution Substation, property of EEDC, located in Akwaeze Village, Aniocha Local Government Area, Anambra State.
EEDC Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, who confirmed the arrests, decried the incessant attacks on the company’s power installations across the South East.
Ezeh said that the suspects, along with the recovered vandalized items, and a Nissan Hummer bus used for the operation have been handed over to the Police Area Command, Uga, for further investigation and possible prosecution.
He lamented the increasing rate of vandalization of the company’s power facilities, describing it as worrisome.
According to him, “It is even more worrisome that despite the series of arrests and convictions, these vandals are bent on perpetrating their heinous acts which are affecting our operations and inconveniencing our customers.”
Ezeh added that “Almost on a daily basis our substations are attacked and this has caused a retrogression in the quality of service delivery to our customers”.
He recalled that “sometime in May 2021, activities of vandals resulted in over 50 communities in Enugu and Ebonyi states being thrown into darkness following the attack on Amechi -Agwu 33kV mainline, with over 40 spans of Aluminum conductors removed and more than 15 high tension poles damaged.”
Ezeh pleaded with the customer for a collaboration in combating the activities of vandals, stressing that it was not a task that should be left for the EEDC alone.
He stated that communities should own projects cited in their areas and defend such against vandals and anti-development elements.
One remanded in prison, three in police net for attacking EEDC personnel