AEDC says staff found guilty of vandalizing company facilities

Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) announced yesterday that one of its employees, Bamidele Rasaq, had been convicted for destroying assets belonging to the electricity company.

AEDC, which has its franchise areas as Abuja, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa, is committed to ensuring that the maximum penalty is meted out to its staff and members of the public who willfully set out to sabotage its activities.

A statement from AEDC Marketing Director Donald Etim revealed that Rasaq was arrested on May 19 by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Kogi State.

He noted that the convict was eventually charged in a trial court and sentenced to one year in prison for his involvement in the nefarious act.

Etim said the company has zero tolerance for vandalism of its network assets, “regardless of whether the perpetrators of such actions are AEDC staff or members of the general public.”

He revealed that further disciplinary action would take its full course, which in the current case is outright dismissal and loss of all benefits.

He added that vandalism of power grid infrastructure remained a serious offense punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under section 1(9) of the Miscellaneous Offenses Act 2004.

In a related recent incident, AEDC said that a higher Shariah court sitting in Minna, Niger State handed down a one-year prison sentence to a certain Abdulsalamad Abubakar, who had also caught vandalizing an AEDC substation at Paida junction of Minna.

Etim noted that Abubakar was apprehended in the March 29, 2022 indictment by a Nigerian police officer and was charged in court for violating Sections 123 and 385 of the state’s Sharia Penal Code. from Niger.

He noted that the law provided for a five-year prison sentence for the offence.

“The convict had already been presented to reporters by the NPF prior to his court appearance, alongside numerous items found in his possession, including: (1) 15 meter XLPE cables; (2) 300mm and (3) 5 meter 150mm incoming cables.

“Management will not relax its efforts to combat vandalism and other misdeeds on its network.

“We are committed to ensuring that apprehended vandals are tried in accordance with the law and face the consequences of their actions without any prejudice,” the power company said.

To reduce the threat of vandalism and energy theft to its distribution infrastructure, AEDC said it will continue to partner with all security agencies.

He implored members of the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity around electrical installations in their area through his various contact channels.

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