The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) said that around 32 of their utility cars were destroyed when gunmen assaulted its facilities in the Anambra State capital of Idemili North Local Government Area.
Monday morning in the early hours, suspect arsonists assaulted the council offices and set fire to many structures, including the EEDC facility and cars.
In addition to destroying the council’s secretariat, the attackers demolished a Magistrate Court building located within the council’s headquarters.
Monday’s statement from the EEDC’s spokeswoman, Emeka Ezeh, said that the occurrence stunned the electricity distribution organisation.
“In the early hours of today, Monday, May 16, at approximately 1:45 a.m., unidentified criminals set fire to the Ogidi District of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, destroying approximately 32 utility and operating trucks as well as other assets and equipment within the premises,” he added.
Mr. Ezeh stated that the arsonists inflicted machete wounds on a security guard at the company’s office for refusing to hand over his firearm.
He stated, “The victim is now receiving treatment at the hospital.” We give thanks to God that no lives were lost.
“We condemn this inexcusable crime and pray that it never occurs again,” he continued.
Mr. Ezeh noted that the tragedy occurred at a time when EEDC had made substantial expenditures to enhance its operations and modify the socioeconomic status of the local populace.
During the attack, the EEDC spokeswoman stated fruitless attempts were made to contact the Anambra State Fire Service.
He stated that the officials of the electricity company were helpless as they watched the fire consume the entire facility and other assets.
“It took the intervention of the Anambra State Commissioner of Utilities, Julius Chukwuemeka, at approximately 9:05 a.m. to get the fire service team to the location of the event,” he explained.
He stated that the incident had been reported to the “appropriate authorities” and expressed his hope that an inquiry would be conducted to identify the perpetrators.
“It is impossible for a developing economy like ours to advance if incidents of this nature continue to occur,” he continued.