Vandals destroy 20 transformers in three weeks – Electricity Distribution Company


The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says more than 20 transformers have been attacked by vandals across the company’s franchise network in the southeast in the past three weeks.

Corporate Communications Manager, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement to Enugu on Sunday that four of the suspected vandals had been apprehended.

Mr. Ezeh, who recounted EEDC’s ugly experience at the hands of vandals, reiterated the company’s determination to continue working with key stakeholders to ensure that those who commit this despicable act are apprehended and brought to justice.

According to him, not a day goes by without the company receiving a report of an electrical installation attacked by vandals.

“It has gone so badly that the vandals are now going so far as to drain the oil from the transformer, even after taking away the shielded cables, a situation which is disheartening,” he said.

He said the suspected vandals apprehended had been handed over to police stations for proper investigation and possible prosecution.

The EEDC spokesperson also called on customers to become more involved in securing the electrical installations that serve them.

Mr. Ezeh commended the efforts of security personnel, vigilante groups as well as the general presidents of the communities and their teams for their efforts to apprehend the suspects.

“There is a need for our customers to be more vigilant to ensure that electrical installations in their neighborhoods are protected from attack by these criminal elements in society,” he said.

Mr. Ezeh said that the vandals took advantage of the low availability caused by the decline in the quantum of electricity generation in the area in recent times, to carry out the criminal acts.

He said the drop in power supply had hurt the company’s daily power allocation.

“We continue to commit millions of naira, restoring vandalized facilities and this is no longer sustainable given our current financial situation.”


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