Two persons have been jailed for Vandalizing electricity equipment under the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC). The news was revealed on Tuesday by the EKEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia, while briefing newsmen on the ongoing war against energy thieves and electricity vandals. He attributed the conviction of the vandals to the determination of the company to discourage energy theft and electricity equipment vandals.
Mr Idemudia said that one of the vandals, Ismaila Mabodu, 32 years of age, was sentenced to six-month imprisonment in Aug. 2017 by Yaba Magistrates’ Court for theft of 10 meters of armoured copper cable at a substation around Nigerian Railway premises Yaba while the other vandal, Odigiri Simon bagged a jail term of five years and ten months in November 2017 having pleaded guilty to stealing 25 metres of core cables in the Lekki Area of Lagos by the same court.
The company’s Chief Legal Officer, Mrs Wola Joseph said the conviction of the two vandals was a testimony to the level of dedication with which the company has been pursuing its crusade against vandalism of electricity facilities and theft of energy within the company’s area of operations. She also added that there are still similar cases pending in various court and expressed optimism that further convictions would be secured.
The legal officer said this would serve as a deterrent to criminal-minded people who might be considering going into the illicit act of vandalism and theft of electricity equipment. She also sought the co-operation of members of the public for the company’s effort to stamp out vandalism and theft of its equipment throughout its operational areas.
“The fight is not for Eko Disco alone, the fight is for all patriotic Nigerians and lovers of development who will not want to allow few criminally minded lot in the society to destroy what is meant for all of us to enjoy,’’ she said.
Also speaking at the news briefing, the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, pledged to step up the fight against vandalism and energy theft in its network and also advised vandals to change their ways or get disgraced.
He said: “it is a thing of big concern that whilst we toil day and night to continuously improve on our operations and services, some unpatriotic individuals are engaging in the condemnable act of energy theft and meter by-pass.
“The company will explore all legal options, including prosecution and naming and shaming in the media, to bring such saboteurs of our efforts to book’’