The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), has condemned the destruction of its facility in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Unidentified arsonists had on the early hours of Monday, 16th May, 2022, at about 1.45am, set ablaze the Ogidi District of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC).
A release by the Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, confirmed the incident, saying the facility was set ablaze by unidentified criminal elements, leaving about 32 utility and operational vehicles all burnt, including other assets and equipment within the premises.
Ezeh lamented that efforts made to reach the Anambra State Fire Service at the time to come and rescue the situation did not yield any positive result, leaving members of staff who were on ground to assist in salvaging the situation helplessly, as they watched the office building and other assets go down in flames.
According to him, it later took the intervention of the Commissioner for Utilities, Anambra State, Engr. Julius Chukwuemeka, at about 9.05 am, to bring the fire service team down to the scene of the incident.
The management of EEDC expressed shock over what it described as an ugly incident happening at a time the company had invested so much to improve on its operations and transform the socio-economic landscape of the area.
His words, ‘This is a big loss to EEDC, and a great setback to the efforts being made by the company to strengthen its network and improve the quality of service to its customers within Ogidi and Anambra State at large.
‘We have already brought this development to the attention of the relevant authorities and it is expected that proper investigation will be carried out and the perpetrators of this dastardly act brought to book,’ he vowed, noting that there was no way a developing economy as Nigeria’s could progress if they continue to record this kind of incident.
It was gathered that having gained access into the office complex by pulling down part of the wall, the criminals attacked one of the security personnel in the office and inflicted several machete wounds on his head, legs and arms as they demanded for his gun, while his other colleagues ran for their lives. The victim is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
‘We thank God that no life was lost, we condemn this unjustifiable act and pray such does not reoccur,’ Eze said.