Man Bags 3 Years Jail Term for vandalizing EEDC installation

Man Bags 3 Years Jail Term for vandalizing EEDC installation

…Vigilante Groups, Security Agencies commended for support

By Larry Onwuta

The Chief Magistrate Court Bende, Abia State has on Wednesday, 9th August, 2017, sentenced Mr. Onuorah Godswill, a native of Okoko Item in Bende Local Government Area to three years imprisonment, without an option of fine.

Onuorah, who pleaded guilty to a one count charge of stealing, was arrested by some natives for vandalizing bare conductor wire, property of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) along veterinary road, Okoko Item in Bende, Abia State.

EEDC media spokesman Mr Emeka Eze said the development was a clear indication that the plea by EEDC for stakeholder partnership and involvement in the protection of electrical installations within their neighbourhood, is yielding the desired result, as vandals are being apprehended in their numbers by the various Vigilante groups across the South East.

It could be recalled that five men identified as Chinedu Anike, Emenike Okoye, Chidera Nweke, Chukwu Onyekachi and Emmanuel Mathew, were apprehended for allegedly vandalizing a distribution substation, property of EEDC, located in Awgu, Enugu State. The suspects who confessed to have committed the crime have been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Enugu.

In a related development, Onyedika Dike and Echezona Obisike were arrested by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for vandalising EEDC distribution substation at Uhualla Osina Community, Orlu, Imo State. Izuchukwu Ibe and Kingsley Ugochukwu were behind the vandalized EEDC distribution substation located at Umuzeike, Orlu, Imo State; and the duo of John Mary Anakor and Kosarachi Anagworo, who hail from Oji River and Nsukka respectively were also arrested for allegedly attacking EEDC substation at Eke Junction in Udi Local government Area.

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“At the Quarry area of Umuoghara in Ezza North LGA of Ebonyi State, Chukwuka Oken and Monday Otubo were equally arrested for alleged vandalisation of a 500KVA distribution substation belonging to EEDC; while a four-man gang was arrested by members of Elugwu Community of Bende LGA, Abia State for vandalizing a transformer at Ndielu in Ugwueke. The suspects, Favour Ukala, Jude Chimezie, Uchegbu James Nwobodo and Elija Okpara were taken to Uzuakoli Police Division for investigation and possible prosecution”.

However the Head of communication stated that the increased rate of vandalism calls for concerted effort by members of the public and the law enforcement agents, as it constitutes economic sabotage. So far, the company expends substantial amounts of money repairing and replacing vandalized equipment while achieving considerable success in prosecuting arrested vandals.

“EEDC wishes to reiterate its commitment towards fighting vandalism; and calls on well meaning and law abiding citizens to join hands in fighting this menace”.

“We commend the efforts of various Vigilante groups, Civil Defence Corps, the Army and the Nigerian Police who have worked tirelessly to ensure that those behind these heinous acts are brought to book|”

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