A magistrate court has sentenced two culprits to different jail terms for vandalising property belonging to Eko Electricity Distribution Company.
This was made known in a statement signed by the EKEDC Head of Corporate Communications & Strategy, Babatunde Lasaki.
It stated that Abdullahi Yinusa and Abdullahi Musa were caught vandalising cables and a transformer respectively before they were arrested and charged in court.
According to the statement, Abdullahi Yinusa was caught vandalising 70mm (about 2.76 in) core electric cables at 38, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island.
He was detained by the police at Bar Beach Police Station and arraigned at the Lagos Magisterial District on January 3, 2023.
On January 25, 2023, Yinusa was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment for each of two counts of vandalizing electric cables to run concurrently.
In the same vein, Abdullahi Musa was arraigned at the Kirikiri Magistrate court on February 20, 2023, for stealing a transformer cable and destroying a 500kva transformer belonging to EKEDC.
He was tried by E.O. Owumi and has been sentenced to one- year imprisonment with hard labour to start from the date of remand in custody.
Lasaki reiterated that vandalism was one of the leading causes of poor power supply within EKEDC’s operation network and assured customers that the electricity distribution company would continue to work with relevant authorities to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice and face the full wrath of the law.
He further called on members of the public to report suspicious activity around its infrastructure to the nearest EKEDC office or any of the company’s official complaint channels: Website: https://ekedp.com, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lasaki restated EKEDC’s commitment to providing quality power supply to its customers and encouraged them to assist the company in its fight against vandalism.