State government to beef up security at power stations

An unidentified man was electrocuted while allegedly vandalising electric cables at the Oji River Water Scheme in Enugu State, the Managing Director of the state water corporation, O?Brien Ofordu, said in Enugu on Wednesday.

The suspect was discovered when the corporation was monitoring ongoing repairs at the power station.

“Last week, we carried out repairs on the line vandalised by hoodlums. They cut all the 240mm upriser cable that delivers power from Oji to Enugu,” Ofordu said.

“It took us one week to repair and relay the lines last Saturday, and on Sunday around 10 p.m., the line tripped and we reported to PHCN. We traced the line and found the dead body inside a trench.”

The official said the body of the suspect had been deposited at the General Hospital in Oji, while the police had commenced investigation to identify the suspect and his collaborators.

He added that a motorcycle, a saw and some cables were found at the scene of the incident.

According to Ofordu, the corporation had commenced plans to ensure the security of the power station, which is also the major source of water supply to the state capital, and would employ the services of vigilante groups and supply their men with motorcycles and guns to guard power stations.

He said that the vigilante would be registered and would undergo training by the police.

“Vandalism has been the major problem hindering the water project in the state. We will do everything possible to stop the activities of vandals in the state,” he said, appealing to the public to report suspicious activities in their areas.

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