The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has attributed the blackout, currently experienced in parts of Umuahia, Abia, to the activities of vandals.
Mr Emeka Ezeh, Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, in a statement on Thursday in Umuahia, blamed the blackout on equipment vandalism.
Ezeh said that the vandals removed seven spans of aluminium conductors at Osusu on Sept. 13 and 10 spans of the conductors around Umuomaiukwu-Umuezegu on Sept. 15.
He said that the acts of vandalism had made numerous customers of EEDC to face acute power supply problems.
Ezeh said that the affected areas included Umulenwa, Umuagu, Umuelemoha, Umuezenta, Umuala, Umunkolo, Obohia, Agburuike, Ahiafor Agburuike, Umukpeyi, Amanwachukwu, Umuakwu Nsulu, Umuogele, Azuiyi, Oloko and Timber substation.
He said that Mbawsi, Umugo, Ohuhu Nsulu, , Ikem Nvosi, Umuhum Nvosi, Onuwell, Umuwaocha, Umunneise Eziama, Amaku Nvosi and Umunkpor were also affected by the blackout.
He added that the remaining areas were Umuokorogu, Egbelu Osusu, Umuonyia Osusu, Eziala, Umukalu, Umuihiala, Okpuala Ntigha communities and St Paul’s substation.
Ezeh said that the acts of vandalism had been reported to the police for proper investigations.
He said that critical stakeholders in the affected communities had equally been notified of the development.
“We sincerely regret the inconveniences this will cause our esteemed customers. We assure them that efforts are being made to procure and replace the vandalised items and restore supply to the affected areas,” he said.
Ezeh, however, appealed to the customers of the electricity distribution company to be more vigilant in protecting installations within their communities against any form of vandalism.