Two Under-Aged Arrested For Vandalising EEDC Installations...Others Convicted And Prosecuted For Various Offences

It was a worrisome development as two under-aged vandals were arrested in Owerri, Imo State by members of a neighbourhood watch. The vandals, who are identified as Nnaemeka Azuna (16 years) and Ugochukwu Malachy (13 years) were cutting aluminium conductor cable belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) when luck ran out on them. Both have been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Imo State for further investigation.

In a related development, Solomon Nwafor, an indigene of Ebonyi State, arrested early in the year for being in possession of intermediate core cable vandalised from an EEDC distribution substation located at Kano Street, Coal camp, Enugu has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Also, Mohammed Isa, who hails from Jigawa State, in company of two unidentified accomplice attacked EEDC distribution substation located at Orji Community, Owerri, Imo State. While Ifeanyi Anyanwu and Kelechi Ahuruonye, both from Mbaise town were apprehended while attempting to vandalize a distribution substation at Umu-Awuka community in Owerri North.

Franklin Ani was arrested for forgery and printing of EEDC electricity bills and was subsequently arraigned at Onitsha Magistrate Court. While three vandals, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, Chukwudi Nweke and Eberechi Nwafor who were responsible for vandalizing bare aluminium conductors from nine fallen LT poles at Ndiowu Community in Orumba North, Anambra State were arrested with the support of the community's vigilante group.

We wish to once again repeat our commitment towards putting an end to this growing trend and call on law abiding citizens to join hands in fighting this ugly menace. We are also mindful of those that patronise the vandals, and want them to know that they are equally culpable. Some of the arrested vandals have given names of their buyers and we shall be closing in on them.

We commend the efforts of Vigilante groups, Civil Defence Corps, the Army and the Nigerian Police for their tireless effort in ensuring that those behind these clandestine acts are brought to justice.