Six persons were arraigned and convicted for illegal installation of pre-paid meters and vandalisation of several of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company’s (EEDC) distribution equipment.
The Management of EEDC has, however, condenmed the increasing rate of vandals, frustrating the company’s efforts to provide quality power supply to its customers; but have expressed their resolve not to relent in the fight against vandals.
“In 2016, EEDC spent over N60 million to replace vandalised equipment at the various distribution substations and other installations. This has resulted in significant financial loss to the company.”
One of the convicts, Valentine Ikechukwu, was arrested at Onitsha by the Police for installing illegal and untested pre-paid Meters in EEDC network and was sentenced to three years imprisonment on January 26, 2017 at the Federal High Court 1, Awka.
Kingsley Mgbemena and Tochukwu Asomba were also sentenced to three years imprisonment each on January 25, 2017 by Hon. Justice Gafai of the Federal High Court 1, Awka, for tampering, damaging and disconnecting two intermediate armored cables belonging to the company.
One Mr. Adamu Haruna, was sentenced to a one year jail term for unlawful possession of high tension aluminium cable belonging to EEDC on December 1, 2016 by Magistrate Mrs. M.C. Nneji at Magistrate Court, Enugu-North, Enugu.
Consequently, on November 17, 2016 at the Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia State, Emeka Stanley and Chinedu Elekwachi were also sentenced to three years imprisonment for vandalising some installations belonging to the company at Ikwuano Local Government Area, Abia State.