The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has vowed to sustain its fight against vandalisation of electricity infrastructure following its prosecution and securing conviction of two vandals to one-year imprisonment each.
In a report dated 19 May 2022, a staff of AEDC, Bamidele Rasaq arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kogi State, was charged to a Chief Magistrate Court and sentenced to one-year imprisonment over his involvement in vandalising AEDC installations.
In reaction to this development, the Chief Marketing Officer of AEDC, Mr. Donald Etim, reiterated that the company has Zero Tolerance for any acts of Vandalisation of its Network assets irrespective of whether perpetrators of such actions are staff of AEDC or members of the general public.
He disclosed further that disciplinary measures will take its full course against the staff including outright dismissal and loss of all employee benefits.
He cited that vandalism of electricity network infrastructure is a serious offence punishable with a Maximum Sentence of Life Imprisonment under Section 1(9) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act LFN 2004.
In a related recent incident, an upper Sharia Court sitting in Minna, Niger State, handed a one-year jail term to one Abdulsalamad Abubakar, who was caught vandalizing an AEDC substation in Paida junction of Minna.
Abdulsalamad, who was apprehended while indulged in the criminal act on the 29th of March, 2022 by an official of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), was charged to court for contravening Sections 123 and 385 of the Sharia Penal Code law of Niger state, which prescribes five years’ imprisonment punishment for the offense.
The convict had earlier been paraded before journalists by the NPF ahead of his arraignment in court, alongside numerous items found in his possession, which include: (1) 15-meter XLPE cable; (2) 300mm incomer cable and (3) 5 meters of 150mm.
AEDC in a press statement signed by Mr. Donald Etim assured the public of sustained fight against acts of vandalism.
According to him, “The Management will not relent in its effort to tackle vandalism and other mischief on its Network. We are committed to ensuring that apprehended vandals are tried in accordance with the law and made to face the consequences of their actions without any prejudice”.
Further, he said that to curtail the menace of vandalism and energy theft on its distribution infrastructure, AEDC would continue to partner with security agencies and implored the public to remain vigilant just as they are expected to report suspicious activities around power installations in their areas through the company’s various contact channels.