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The management of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc., has commended the youths of Idung Udofa Community in Eket Local Government Area of Uyo state for their vigilance in apprehending two electricity vandals suspected to have vandalized XLPS cables (armoured) from the UDOFIA QIC Substation of the company in Eket.
The two suspects whose plot were foiled by the youths are currently cooling off in the cell at the Eket Divisional Police Station awaiting prosecution while the third vandal is at large. Meanwhile, the police are on his trail to bring him to justice.
While commending the youths for acting in accordance with the basic understanding of protecting public utilities, Dr. Henry Ajagbawa, MD/CEO of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc, condemned the unlawful action of the vandals and assured that those who vandalise public facilities will always be dealt with according to the law.
He expressed displeasure at the habitual culture of vandalism in our franchise area despite public sensitization and customer engagement of the company for the public to understand the destructive consequences of vandalism on the company, customers, and the general public.
Dr. Ajagbawa reiterated his position on instituting legal proceedings against any person or group of persons found to be engaged in vandalism of PHED critical assets regardless of their status in society. He also disclosed that there are many electricity vandals in various cells on the roll-call to be prosecuted by the courts using the extant laws as enshrined in the ESPRA Act (2005) Miscellaneous Offences Act and the Nigerian Criminal Code. He emphasized that; “Infraction has no place under my watch and each case will be pursued to a logical conclusion using every legal means at our disposable”.
In another development, it has been observed that customers are in the habit of interfering with high tension lines either by cutting trees, trading, or erecting structures very close to power lines. Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc discourages such risky behaviours because they can lead to electrocution at the slightest interference. The public is hereby advised to desist from any form of activity around power lines to avoid electrocution.
Head, Corporate Communications, PHED