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The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company
has expressed dismay at the way the police in Osun State
always free suspected vandals caught and taken to their
The Osun Regional Communication Officer, Branding &
Communication, Kikelomo Owoeye, said this in a statement
made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on
The energy company lamented the spate of vandalism of its
cables and transformers in some areas within the state.
The company stated that the suspected vandals caught and
taken to police stations in some cases were freed without
the police charging them to court.
Owoeye called on the police and the Nigeria Security and
Civil Defence Corps to always assist the company whenever
vandals were arrested by members of the communities.
The statement read, â€œWe want to call on the men of the
Nigeria Police Force Osun State command, Nigeria Security
Civil Defence Corps, Osun State Command, to give us all
their support whenever the community members apprehend
any suspected vandal.
â€œIn Osun region, suspected vandals have been allegedly
apprehended and IBEDC end up not getting justice, we
plead that instead of keeping such suspects in the police
custody more than 24 hours, they should be charged to
court and not be granted bail.
â€œIn same vein we want to inform our teeming and esteemed
customers to report any issue of vandalism to us and if any
suspect is apprehended before or after been taken to police
The IBDEC urged its customers to provide adequate
security for their transformers and also encouraged them to
always alert the company anytime they caught suspected
vandals before taking them to the police station.
She said the company and energy consumers needed to
work together with the assistance of security agencies to
stop vandalism of their property.
â€œIBEDC Osun region will also want to note that nobody is
above the law as some reports in the past have revealed
that some suspected vandals allegedly caught by residents
were said to be released based on the fact that some were
discovered to be wards of notable people in the community.
â€œWe want to appeal to the law enforcement agencies to
allow the rule of law to take its cause and let justice prevail.
We believe that if any of the hoodlums caught were brought
to book, it will serve as a deterrent to the others,â€ it added.
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