Cable Vandal Bags 5 Year Jail Term 

By Bennett Oghifo

Efforts by the Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) to tackle electricity equipment vandalism has again yielded results, as a cable vandal has been sentenced to Five years imprisonment with hard labour without option of fine by the Magistrates Court, Iguobazuwa in Edo State.

The person Abdullai Usman, male, aged 27 years was caught on the 28th of September 2017, at Iguobazuwa while trying to cart away vandalized conductor cables from Iguobazuwa/Okada 33KV Line, an act punishable under the Miscellaneous Offences Act M17 Vol 9 laws of the country.

He was dragged before the Presiding Magistrate Joyce .O. Ejale (Mrs) where he pleaded guilty to a three count charge of conspiracy, stealing and Malicious damage even though their terms will run concurrently.

“This conviction further strengthens BEDC’s commitments towards the fight against vandalism, energy theft and meter bypass, even as the electricity supply industry grapples with a lot of challenges,” said a statement from the company.