Three persons have been arrested for allegedly attempting to vandalize a 300KVA distribution substation, property of Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) at Akwa-Ukwu, Nnewi District, Anambra State.
The trio identified as Uchenna Ncheta, from Ebonyi State; Chinedu Eze, from Ihiala, Anambra State and Chuks Michael, from Abia State, were apprehended by members of vigilante group.
A statement from the Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, said the suspects were handed over to the Orba Police Division and subsequently transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Awka, Anambra State for further interrogation and possible prosecution.
He expressed worry over the continued attack of EEDC installations in the South-East by some unscrupulous elements; noting that these activities undermine efforts by the company to improve its service quality to customers.
He said investigations revealed that the trio were suspected to have masterminded the attack on Ibollo 500KVA distribution substation at Oraifite, Anambra State late March, 2021.
“Since the beginning of this year, the rate of vandalism across our network has been on the rise, as over 120 distribution substations have been attacked, and items worth millions of Naira vandalised.
“Some of the items usually vandalized includes: armored cables, intermediate cables, feeder pillars units, transformer oil, bare conductors, among others.
“Vandalism still remains a cog in the wheel of progress and constitutes a very big distraction to our organization as we continuously channel resources ought to be used for other meaningful projects to replace vandalized items” Ezeh stated.
In a related development, a security man attached to Welder Estate, Agu-Awka, Awka Anambra State, identified as Adams Taiwo, was charged to court for attacking a staff of EEDC, inflicting machete cut on his arms and maliciously vandalizing a Toyota Hilux truck belonging to EEDC, damaging the front windscreen, four side windscreen and back traffic light.
The staff who was going about his legitimate duty at the Estate where the incident took place on the 26th of March, 2021, is identified as Francis Chukwu.
Adams was arraigned at Amawbia Magistrate Court, Anambra State, before Magistrate Doris Udensi who read the three count charges against him. He was subsequently remanded in police custody pending when his bail conditions are met; with the matter adjourned for hearing on May 4th 2021.
EEDC has cautioned its customers to desist from attacking their staff who are going about their legitimate duties, advising them to always use the established redress channels to lodge their grievances, stressing that it will not hesitate in prosecuting anyone found to be assaulting its personnel.