The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has decried the incessant attacks on its power installations across the states within the South-East.
The states in the South-East, which serves as EEDC franchised coverage area, included: Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.
The EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said this in a statement in Enugu made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.
Ezeh said that two suspected power installation vandals were again arrested in Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra on July 1.
“The suspects were both arrested by Akwaeze vigilante team for attacking Magbuwa-2 Distribution Substation of EEDC, located in Akwaeze Village, Aniocha Local Government Area,’’ he said.
The EEDC spokesman said that also recovered from suspects were the vandalised items and a Nissan bus used for the operation, which had been handed over to the Police Area Command, Uga in Anambra.
“The increasing rate of attacks on our facilities has become a source of worry for us as an organization.
“It is even more worrisome that despite the series of arrests and convictions, these vandals are bent on perpetrating their heinous acts, affecting our operations and inconveniencing our customers,” he said.
According to Ezeh, the recent attack on the substation is one out of so many that had taken place within the EEDC network in the past two months.
“Almost on a daily basis our substations are attacked and this has caused a retrogression in the quality of service delivery to our customers,’’ he said.
Ezeh commended the vigilante groups and government security agencies for their support and roles played in the apprehension of vandals and enjoined them not to relent.
He appealed to customers to adopt an ownership attitude towards power installations sited within their environments.
“The fight against vandalism is a collective effort of both customers and EEDC, and can only be achieved if all hands are on deck,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that sometime in May 2021, activities of vandals resulted in power outage for a period of time in over 50 communities in Enugu and Ebonyi States following the attack on Amechi-Agwu 33KV mainline.
Over 40 span of Aluminum conductors were removed and more than 15 high tension poles damaged in that singular incident of economic sabotage. (NAN)