By our Correspondent
A middle age man by name Friday Ogbonna has been arrested by officials of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) Plc. In Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital for vandalizing the PHED’s network.
In a release signed by Manager, Corporate Communications of PHED, Mr. John Onyi and made available to Century Newsfront indicates that the culprit was accosted by surveillance team of the PHED, “the preying eyes of the surveillance team in Port Harcourt on routine duty caught one Friday Ogbonna who was carrying out an illegal activity on PHED’s network at G .U. Ake Road, near Pearl Garden Estate along Eneka Road, Port Harcourt. He was subsequently accosted and handed over to the police at Mini Okoro station and he is now collaborating with the police to identify other accomplices in their illegal journey. It is a strong signal that PHED meant the warning.
It is worrisome that “PHED has been facing immeasurable business challenges stemming from vandalism, energy theft, staff brutality, non-payment of electricity bill by some customers who erroneously believe that electricity is free, illegal connection to the network, among others. But in all these challenges, PHED is determined in delivering safe and reliable power supply to customers in its franchise area”.
It could be recalled that PHED had subsequently, issued warnings to members of the public to desist from such illegal business and to report those involved to PHED management for appropriate action, “The warning according to the statement is coming on the heels of established/witnessed cases of unauthorized access to PHED’s network by some individuals claiming to be electrical contractors without recourse to safety standards/ implications and in addition overloading the existing infrastructure. Henceforth, anyone caught in our network shall be prosecuted”, the statement warned.