Three Electricity Cable Vandals Arrested

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Three electricity vandals are now in Police custody in Eket, Akwa Ibom, for allegedly vandalising substations in the area.
The vandals were arrested by the vigilante group in the community at Ikot Uso, at the substations area.
An official of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), Mr John Onyi, Eket Business Unit, confirmed the theft and arrest on Friday.
He said the company lost 37 transformers in July and 15 transformers in August following a renewed wave of theft of electricity materilas.
In his words, “As we speak we lost four transformers in Eket in August; we want to thank Ikot Uso Community for arresting the vandals and handing them over to the police.”
According to him, the community vigilante group caught them while they were vandalising the armoured cables at substations in Eket and its environs.
He said, “They vandalised five substations at All-Weather road, Asang, Atabong, Hospital road, and Oron.”
Onyi said the company have lost huge revenue because of the vandalism and energy theft.
Onyi urged the various communities to step up surveillance on PHEDC installations.
He said, “If we allow the vandals to destroy the power installations, the people will be thrown into darkness.”

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