The district court sentenced two perpetrators to various prison terms for damaging property belonging to Eko Power Distribution.
This is stated in a statement signed by the Director of Corporate Communications of EKEDC.
Abdullahi Yinusa and Abdullahi Musa were arrested and reportedly caught on charges of damaging cables and transformers, respectively, before going to trial.
In his statement, Abdullahi Yinusa found that he had damaged a 70 mm (approximately 2.76 inch) power cable at 38 Jalan Akin Adesola Street on Victoria Island.
He was arrested by the police at the Beach Bar police station and charged before the Lagos District Judge on January 3, 2023.
On January 25, 2023, Inusa was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison for each of the two counts of vandalism. Cables flow at the same time.
Similarly, on February 20, 2023, Abdullahi Musa was charged by the Kirikiri High Court with stealing transformer cables and destroying a 500 kVA transformer owned by 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.