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Sabotage: Abuja DisCo staff, 5 others in Police net for thieving electricity transformer

*The Nigeria Police authorities in the Federal Capital Territory arrest six suspects, including a staff of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company for vandalising and stealing a transformer in the Mbappe area

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Nigeria Police authorities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have arrested six suspects, including a staff of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for vandalising and stealing a transformer, a critical power infrastructure in the Mbappe area of the FCT.

ConsumerConnect had reported the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently imposed N200 million penalty on AEDC for violating the fresh power tariff hike guidelines in contained in the MYT Order for Band A consumers in its franchise areas.

SP Josephine Adeh, Spokesperson of the FCT  Police Command, in a statement issued Friday, April 12, disclosed the Officers arrested the vandals late Thursday last week.

Adeh noted in the statement: “The operatives of the FCT Police Command, on April 11, 2024, at about 10:45 p.m, acting on credible intelligence, trailed and arrested six suspects.

“They are namely, Kabiru Muhammed, Aliyu Usman, Abdulmalik Alhasassan, Shafi’u Suleiman, Suleiman Ibrahim, and Raymond Mailabari, who is an AEDC staff, all males of Tipper Garage, Mpape, Abuja, for vandalising and stealing a transformer.

The FCT Police Command Spokesperson also stated the suspects were trying to escape with the vandalised transformer and had already loaded it on a truck in the Maitama area of the FCT, when police operatives swooped in and arrested them.

Adeh said: “The vandalised transformer, a crane truck, a blue-colored Mercedes Benz with Reg No. PKN 497 XA, a white-colored J5 bus with Reg No. RBC 228 XC, and an ash-colored Peugeot 406 car with Reg No. GSN 13 AA belonging to the AEDC staff were all recovered.”

The Police have since commenced investigations into the matter, states the Spokesperson.

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