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Two Bag Four Years Jail Term For Vandalising EEDC Property

An Anambra Magistrate Court sitting in Otuocha has sentenced two persons to four years imprisonment for vandalising and stealing property belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC).

The duo of Edozieuno Ikemefuna and Chinedu Agbata Nwabueze, all 28years were convicted after pleading guilty to the two-count charge.

The suspects were arrested on the February 7, 2021 for vandalising the Shell Road 500KVA distribution substation at Umueri in Aguleri, Anambra State, and were subsequently taken to the Aguleri Police Division where they made confessional statements to committing the crime and also mentioned their receivers.

In a swift move, men of the Nigerian Police went in search of the mentioned receivers who were subsequently arrested on the February 8, 2021. They were identified as Chukwudi Agbom (41) and Emma Nworah (21).

The four suspects were arraigned in court on February 9, 2021, where Edoziuno Ikemefune and Chinedu Agbata Nwabueze pleaded guilty, while the receivers, Chukwudi Agbom and Emma Nwora pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the matter adjourned to March 30, 2021.

Reacting, Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh identified vandalism as a major challenge affecting the smooth operations of power company.

He lamented that the organization committed millions of naira replacing vandalized facilities, coupled with the revenue loss incurred as a result, expressing the company’s resolve to fish out receivers of these vandalized items.

He said, “Management of EEDC is not relenting in her commitment to ensuring that apprehended vandals are tried in accordance with the law and made to face the consequences of their actions.

“We believe that this will serve as a deterrent to many others out there, engaging in such acts.

“Customers are therefore advised to be vigilant and not allow these installations within their neighborhood vandalized, as they will be inconvenienced once this happens.

“They are also encouraged to make use of the company’s whistle blowing lines (084 700 110; 0814 602 6678) to report any suspicious attempt, report to the EEDC office serving them or to the nearest police station.”

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