A suspected vandal ran out of luck recently as he was electrocuted while attempting to steal an equipment at the Onuseleogu 100KVA Substation owned by the Enugu Electricity Distribution company (EEDC).
It was gathered that the suspect probably arrived at the substation located at Emene Industrial Layout, Enugu, when there was no supply and in the process of loosening the HV fuse, supply was restored and he was electrocuted. Items recovered from the victim were spanner, torchlight and pliers. His remains were evacuated to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital morgue at Ituku Ozalla, on the outskirts of Enugu, by police from Emene Division.
In a related development, two suspects identified as Amaechi Akpu and Chigbo Ejebu were apprehended by youths of Onuore Agba community, Ebonyi State for vandalizing a 300KVA Substation, property of EEDC located in the community.
Members of Abor vigilante group also arrested a suspect identified as Emmanuel Izunna for vandalising 500KVA Igwe Umuenyiora 2 Substation located in Ogbunike, Anambra State.
The reports came just as Chinonso Nwankwo who was arrested for vandalising Solid Base Substation located in Udoye by Mba Nwangwu Street, Trans Ekulu, Enugu was arraigned by the police at Chief Magistrate Court 8. He was subsequently remanded at Enugu Prison.
Another suspect, Nnamdi Madu, was similarly arraigned at an Enugu Magistrate Court for vandalizing Umuatugboma Substation, located at Akegbe in Nkanu West LGA. He was arraigned on one-count charge of vandalism under section 1 (9) of Miscellaneous Offences Act cap. M17 Laws of the Federal Republic Nigeria 2004. The Magistrate subsequently directed that the vandal be remanded at Enugu Prison.
Head of communication at EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, told journalists that such unfortunate developments indicate that the youths engaging in the act of vandalism have refused to heed the company’s repeated campaign and engage themselves meaningfully.
“We remain optimistic that our intensified collaboration with critical stakeholders, vigilante groups as well as other security agencies will assist us greatly in curtailing this rising trend,” he said, adding that customers should be on the alert and join hands with EEDC to protect public utilities.