At least 200 transformers were vandalised by hoodlums between January and November in Anambra, according to an official of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).
The Network Manager, EEDC, Awka, Samuel Onuoha disclosed while addressing a group of protesters who stormed the EEDC office in Awka on Monday.
Onuoha, who noted the company had zero tolerance for vandalism of its installations, said 50 transformers were vandalised in Nnewi; 30 in Awka; over 100 in Onitsha and six in Ekwulobia districts within the period.
“There are different levels of vandalism; some go for oil and different types of cables and some remove the feeder pillar units, among others.
“The vandalism escalated in the Ember Months; we cannot continue to run business like that,” Onuoha stated, adding that six cases of vandalism were currently at different levels of prosecution in the state.
However, the network manager said the company had commenced replacement of vandalised facilities across the South-East geo-political zone, urging residents and community leaders to protect their transformers.
He also urged them to report cases of vandalism to the office or the nearest police station.
“What we do in EEDC is also a business that involves buying and selling; so anything affecting our inability to distribute electricity is also affecting our income,” he stressed.