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A yet-to-be-identified vandal suspect was electrocuted in the early hours of Sunday while trying to steal from a distribution substation.
The Eastern Updates learnt that the incident occurred while he was vandalising Umuezerimpi 500KVA Distribution Substation, property of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), which is located at Umuatuegwu Okija, Anambra State.
The incident came a few days after four other persons were also nabbed for vandalizing EEDC installations at different locations.
These developments were confirmed by the Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, in Enugu.
According to Ezeh, the deceased was not operating alone, as other members of his gang took to their heels immediately after he was electrocuted, leaving behind his lifeless body and their tools at the scene of the incident.
Ezeh confirmed that a formal report on this development has been lodged at the Okija Police Division, for detailed investigation.
‘The tools used by the electrocuted vandal and his fleeing colleagues were also recovered and his corpse deposited at the Okija General Hospital Mortuary,’ he said.
‘Just imagine how this young man has cut his life short over nothing.
‘It is hoped that this will serve as a deterrent to others engaging in this dastardly act,‘ he added.
Meanwhile, only a few days ago, a young man identified as Wisdom Kalu Onu, an indigene of Abia State was apprehended by the security personnel of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, for vandalizing electrical installations located within the Campus premises, belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC).