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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, “We 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.

“In 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.

“In 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.

“IBEDC 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.

“We 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,” it added.



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