*Power transmission sub-station.
26 August 2016, Enugu -Six suspected electricity vandals have been arrested in Enugu and Abia states as cases of vandalism of power installations rise in the South Eastern states, bringing the number of vandalism cases on EEDC installations in the zone in recent times to 78.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Head, Communications, of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh in Enugu Wednesday night.
Ezeh said that two suspects including one Mr Chibuike Nwosu, who deals on electrical parts was arrested with one Paul Ike by some members of the Neighbourhood Vigilante group over alleged vandalism of three Up- riser armoured cables of a 500KVA and another 11/0.415 Distribution Sub Station, property of the EEDC at Rehab Road, Emene, Enugu State.
According to Ezeh, “Nwosu, a dealer in electrical equipment at shop 37 Adelabu Street, Kenyatta, Enugu, was the alleged receiver of the stolen equipment even as he pointed out that the vigilante members apprehended the suspects while they were trying to escape in a Nissan Bluebird salon car with registration number NSH-160 CW, belonging to Mr. Nwosu.”
He further stated that the two suspects had earlier engaged in the vandalism of same sub- station on Thursday, August 18, 2016, after which they reportedly made away with an armoured intermediate cable, while “the two-phase and neutral cables were recovered.”
Ezeh stressed that the EEDC was already making arrangements to replace the stolen cables during the first attack, so that electricity supply could be restored to its customers who were already being inconvenienced as a result of the ugly incident, when the suspects “came back to complete their unfinished business” before ran out on them.