Abeokuta Court Sentences Three to Six Years for Electricity Cable Vandalism

A Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has handed down a six-year imprisonment sentence to each of the three individuals convicted of vandalising electricity cables owned by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

The convicts, Chibueze Emmanuel, Ojuolape Olaitan, and Michael Genesis, were apprehended in separate incidents for their involvement in the destruction and theft of electrical cables, a crime that has plagued the state and disrupted essential services.

During the court proceedings presided over by Hon. Justice A. Demi-Ajayi, the defendants pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully tampering with, disconnecting, and damaging electrical installations. The evidence presented by the prosecution led to their conviction and subsequent sentencing.

Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogbonnaya Dyke, in a statement, emphasized the gravity of the offence and the commitment of the NSCDC to safeguard national assets. He stated, “The Command will ensure the protection of national assets and will not hesitate in prosecuting anyone found culpable of vandalising public and private assets.”

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