The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company has arrested eight suspected vandals in two weeks in various parts of the South-East.
The EEDC’s Head of Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement in Enugu on Friday that a middle aged man was also electrocuted while vandalizing electrical installations.
Ezeh said that the electrocuted person and the eight suspected vandals were arrested in four states in Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.
“Two suspects identified as Amaechi Akpu and Chigbo Ejebu were apprehended by youths of Onuore Agba community in Ebonyi for vandalizing of a 300KVA Sub-station, property of EEDC located in the community.
“Members of Abor vigilance group also arrested a vandal identified as Emmanuel Izunna for vandalizing 500KVA Igwe Umuenyiora 2 Sub-station located in Ogbunike in Anambra.
“At Ogidi, Anambra State, the vigilance group arrested two vandals identified as Chukwudi Oforka and Godwin Onwansa for vandalizing Anaka Town Sub-station located in Ogidi community.
“While Ahmed Inusa, Aliu Abubakar and Umaru Jahe were arrested by vigilance group for vandalizing the Umuabiahu 300KVA Sub-station located in Orlu, Imo State,’’ he said.
Ezeh, however, said that luck ran out on an unidentified vandal as he was electrocuted while attempting to vandalize Onuseleogu 100KVA Sub-station, property of EEDC, located at Emene Industrial Layout, Enugu.
“News men gathered that the vandal, who is a middle aged man, probably arrived at the substation 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 spanners, a torch light and pliers.
“His remains was evacuated to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla morgue by the Police from Emene Division,’’ he said.