The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), says they have trained 109 policemen to curb cable vandalism, meter by-pass and energy theft in Akwa Ibom. Revenue Protection Expert of the company, Rens Bidderman announced this at Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
He said the training which commenced in Ikot Ekpene was meant to equip policemen on the needed knowledge of detecting, investigating and arresting vandals with evidence substantial enough for prosecution.
“In its continuous effort to curb energy theft, meter by-pass and vandalism of its properties, PHED had commenced training of policemen in its areas of operation. Electricity crime doesn’t seem to be a crime because there is no evidence.
“Vandalism is a crime that causes huge technical losses to our company. It is also consequential as it is a crime committed against hundreds of persons with long lasting problems of black out.’’
Bidderman said the challenges sometimes come from scrap dealers, who should be regarded as enemies because they buy the parts from those who purchase properties from copper thieves.