The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) recorded 56 cases of power installation vandalism in the South East between January and April.
The Head of EEDC Communications Unit, Mr Emeka Ezeh, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Enugu.
He said that sabotage was retarding the effective supply of power within the South East.
Ezeh said that the company had spent huge sum of money and man-hours in repairing the vandalised installations and power units within the first quarter of the year alone.
“This high rate of vandalism is purely an act of economic sabotage.
“EEDC calls for concerted efforts by members of the public and the law enforcement agencies to track these public enemies and vandals down and bring them to book,’’ he said.
Ezeh commended vigilante groups, Civil Defence, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police for working tirelessly to ensure that those behind these acts were brought to book.
“In recent times, we have also recorded considerable success in prosecuting arrested vandals.
“We are appealing to members of the public to report any nefarious activities going on in or around power installations in the South East to act as a deterrent to those that are yet to get the message,’’ he said. (NAN)