Residents of Odeagba and Arthur Eze Avenue areas in Awka, the state Capital of Anambra state took to the street yesterday to protest power outage in the area for the past nine months and they also expressed their dislike at the alleged release of two members of staff of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, allegedly involved in vandalization of a transformer in the area by the police.
The protest was led by the chairman of Arthur Eze Business Association, Mr. Amaechi Okeke, in which they claimed that since October 2016 when the Arthur Eze sub-station/transformer was vandalized, the area had been without power supply. Their protest had an effect on the commercial activities at the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC),office in Awka as it was disrupted for several hours and caused traffic gridlock within the state capital.
Speaking during the protest, Mr. Amaechi Okeke said
“Two officials of EEDC were arrested for allegedly vandalizing the transformer in the area and they were promptly handed over to the police. We were surprised that the police later released the suspects on grounds that they were not criminals “
Reacting quickly to the protest, the EEDC Network Manager, Mr. Samuel Onuoha said about 200 transformers were vandalized by hoodlums between January and November this year in Anambra State and also noted that the development was having a negative impact on the operations of the company.
Meanwhile, the Enugu region of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has issued an apology to residents of communities in Enugu and Ebonyi states whose power supplies were cut off since Saturday December 2, 2017 stating that the communities hit by the power failure were those taking supplies from the 30MVA, 132/33KV power Transformer located in Nkalagu, Ebonyi state.