Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) has once again busted two transformer vandals in Benin state. This comes in light of the recent increase in cases of vandalism in states under the company’s franchise. The vandals, John Joshua aged 25 years and Yakubu Idris, also aged 28 years, were apprehended by community members while vandalizing a transformer located at off Oko Central Road, Benin City, Edo State recently.
The two vandals caught in the act by members of the Idahagbon Community in Oko central area of Benin have been sentenced to six months imprisonment after arraignment on a two count charge of “malicious damage and stealing” at Oredo Magistrate Court before Chief Magistrate I.U. Iyoha (Mrs.).
They were reported to have cut the 50mm earthing wire for grounding channel iron on 33kva line, in addition to 12 towers also vandalized by the criminals before they were arrested. These vandals were caught by the customers and community members in the area.
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BEDC reportedly followed up with the Police for proper investigation and necessary action following the arrest of the vandals by the Police with charge No MOR/133C/17. The two pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 6 months imprisonment or a fine of N70,000 each.
It will be recalled that efforts at curtailing the activities of electricity vandals in Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) network also yielded results last December as two persons, Friday Tega and Tega Ajaino were recently sentenced to 3 years 9 months and 2 years imprisonment respectively with hard labour.
The accused were convicted by a Magistrate Court, Koko near Sapele area of Delta state for vandalizing a BEDC 33KVA line.
The accused who were jailed without any option of fine were arrested and detained on Monday 19th, December, 2016 at Koko Divisional Police Station for committing the crime after cutting the wire of a tower in Presco Palm oil plantation situated in Koko town.