Three other people have been prosecuted for assaulting officials of the Enugu electricity distribution PLC (EEDC). This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Chief of Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that One of the suspects, a 37-year-old man identified as Chibuzor Obidinma, a native of Ezinifite, Okpuno, in the Local Government Area of South Awka, Anambra state, was prosecuted before the Superior Court of Magistrates of the State of Anambra would remain in Awka for assaulting an EEDC staff while on official service.
The long arm of the law finally reached Obidinma after a long search, on September 3, 2019, after his alleged attack on an EEDC team on July 18, 2019.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that He allegedly used machete to cut EEDC personnel on his head, leaving him with a wound on the server, a crime punishable under Section 290 of Penal Code Cap 36 Vol. II Revised laws of the state of Anambra of Nigeria 1991, as amended. Obidinma was arrested in prison, while the case was postponed until October 23, 2019.
In addition, the Ifeanyi Eze and Nkemdilim Ngwoke duo were prosecuted by the police in the Enugu State Court of First Instance in Nsukka on August 29, 2019, after their attack on some EEDC staff members on September 27. August 2019 in Oliveth Hill, Umeano-Ogbuka Nsukka during their costume party.
It was deduced that the duo hit EEDC staff completely, while the windshield of the rented vehicle used by the EEDC team broke.
Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that Ifeanyi and Nkemdilim were flogged with four charges. The presiding magistrate granted them bail and the case was postponed until October 10, 2019. Speaking about the appearances, Ezeh said the EEDC was not yielding in its effort to prosecute any individual or group that assaulted its staff while performing their legitimate duties.
“You can no longer tolerate a situation in which our shift personnel are attacked and the perpetrators get away with it. “The EEDC administration frowns at these actions and will not hesitate to ensure that the law takes its course. “We hope to obtain justice and believe that others will learn their lesson from this.
“Therefore, customers are advised not to take the laws into their hands. When there are complaints, they are encouraged to follow the established repair mechanism approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), to channel their complaints. The regulation also provides the opportunity to escalate the problems to the NERC Forum Offices closest to your area, for further intervention, ”said Ezeh.
Meanwhile, in line with its commitment to improve the socioeconomic status of the southeast region, the EEDC recently completed two major projects in the state of Imo.
These projects, estimated at more than 200 million Naira are: a dedicated 33KV line built for one of the company’s industrial customers, Alex Aluminum Company; and Oguta 33KV double circuit line. Both lines will be irradiated from the Nibu Transmission Company station in Nigeria (TCN).
Latest Nigeria Newspaper report that According to Ezeh, the Alex Aluminum 33KV line has a route length of approximately 38 kilometers and is designed to improve availability for the industrial customer; while the Oguta 33KV line, with a double circuit, has a route length of approximately 11 kilometers and will feed the New Owerri, Port Harcourt Road and Onitsha Road axes.