April 16, 2024

Lagos Courts sentence two to jail for vandalising EKEDC cables, transformer

Oredola Adeola


Two Lagos courts have sent Abdullahi Yinusa and Abdullahi Musa, two culprits, to jail for vandalising electric cables and transformer belonging to Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).


Mr. Babatunde Lasaki, EKEDC Head of Corporate Communications & Strategy, made this known in a statement, obtained by EnergyDay.


According to Lasaki, Abdullahi Yinusa and Abdullahi Musa were caught vandalizing cables and a transformer respectively before they were arrested and charged in court.


He said, ” Yinusa was caught vandalizing 70mm (about 2.76 in) core electric cables at No 38 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, and was detained by the police at Bar Beach Police Station and arraigned at the Lagos Magisterial District on January 3,2023.


“On the January 23, 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, Mr. 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 Eko Electricity Company (EKEDC).


Lasaki also noted that Musa was tried by Mr. E.O. Owumi (SAN) and has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment with hard labour to start from the date of remand in custody.


EKEDC Head of Corporate Communications reiterated that vandalism is one of the leading causes of poor power supply within EKEDC’s operation network and assured customers that the electricity distribution company will 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: whistleblower@ekedp.com, Phone numbers: 07080671170, 07001235666, Facebook: Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Twitter: @ekedp, and Instagram: @ekedpng.


Mr. Lasaki reiterated EKEDC’s commitment to providing quality power supply to its customers and encouraged them to assist the company in its fight against vandalism.