An Anambra Magistrate Court sitting in Otuocha has sentenced two persons to four years imprisonment for vandalising and stealing property belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC).
Edozieuno Ikemefuna and Chinedu Agbata Nwabueze, both 28, were convicted after pleading guilty to the two-count charge.
The suspects were arrested on the February 7, 2021 for vandalising the Shell Road 500KVA distribution substation at Umueri in Aguleri, Anambra state, and were subsequently taken to the Aguleri Police Division where they made confessional statements to committing the crime and also mentioned their receivers.
In a swift move, men of the Nigerian Police went in search of the mentioned receivers who were subsequently arrested on the February 8, 2021. They were identified as Chukwudi Agbom (41) and Emma Nworah (21).
The four suspects were arraigned in court on February 9, 2021, where Edoziuno Ikemefune and Chinedu Agbata Nwabueze pleaded guilty, while the receivers, Chukwudi Agbom and Emma Nwora pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the matter adjourned to March 30, 2021.
Reacting, head, corporate communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh identified vandalism as a major challenge affecting the smooth operations of power company and lamented that the organisation committed millions of naira replacing vandalised facilities.
He advised customers to be vigilant and “not allow these installations within their neighbourhood vandalised, as they will be inconvenienced once this happens.”