Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) PLC has decried rising cases of vandalism across its franchise zone. It said besides being an economic crime, the vandalism is also an act of sabotage against the good purpose and intents of the company.
This was made known by the company in a press statement signed by the Head Corporate Affairs, Mr Adekunle Tayo, who appealed to members of the public to be vigilant and security conscious on the activities of some criminal elements in the society whose aim is to make life unbearable for them through their nefarious acts.
According to BEDC, the power sector has been the most hit in the most devastating manner and the effect of vandalism cannot be over emphasized as residential customers, industries, small and medium scale businesses are being starved of power as a result of the activities of vandals.
“The recent surge in cases of vandalism within our franchise area calls for greater attention. More worrisome is the fact that these miscreants are continuously innovating new ideas beyond human comprehension to perpetrate their criminal acts. We see the recent vandalism of 14 spans of electricity conductors at Ilu-titun, southern Ondo State, on a line currently being rehabilitated by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), as very disturbing.”
“More disturbing is that Okitipupa town was recently thrown into blackout as a result of the vandalism of 20 spans of electricity conductors, which occurred between Ode-Aye and Okitipupa. As a company, we see these as acts of economic sabotage against the good intents of BEDC,” Tayo said.
Efforts by BEDC at curbing the menace of vandalism on its network have received a boost, with the sentencing of Mr. David James to three years imprisonment by a Benin Magistrates’ Court 6 in Egor Local Government of Edo State.