Kingsley Okotie, the Acting Head of Corporate Communications at Ikeja Electric, has stated that the increase in the rate of vandalization of electricity installations has become worrisome to the distribution company.
Okotie, noted that vandalism affects not just the distribution company but also customers, both residential or commercial, as everyone is thrown into darkness over long periods until the assets are replaced.
He therefore called on all stakeholders to collaborate to curb the ugly trend, while encouraging Community Development Associations (CDA) to make use of their vigilantes in addition to other security agencies and safeguard electrical equipment in their neighborhood.
The Ikeja Electric spokesman also warned criminally minded individuals within the society to desist from nefarious acts such as energy theft, illegal connections, safety breaches, bribery/extortion, tampering, meter-bypass, harassment and assault of our staff while discharging their legitimate duties as these will hinder the Company’s smooth operations for excellent service delivery.
He commended security agencies for providing support in protecting Ikeja Electric infrastructure and urged members of the public to report any suspected illegalities on electrical installations around them through Ikeja Electric’s Customer Care hotline 01-700 0250, 01-2272940 or send email to email@example.com, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kotie’s position follows the arraignment if Omena Sunday and Bashir Sheu before the Magistrate Court 1 Mushin, sitting at Ogba Magistrate Court on the 11th of January 2023 and Ifo Magistrate Court 2, Ifo Local Government in Ogun State on 27 September, 2022 respectively.
The duo were arraigned for vandalism and stealing transformer cables at Five Star Junction Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos and Otun Olori Akute area of Ogun State.
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