The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says more than 20 transformers have been attacked by vandals across the company’s franchise network within the South-East in the past three weeks.
The Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement on Sunday in Enugu that four of the suspected vandals had been apprehended.
Ezeh, who narrated the ugly experience EEDC had been going through in the hands of vandals, reiterated the company’s resolve to continue working with critical stakeholders to ensure that the elements perpetrating the dastardly act were apprehended and brought to book.
According to him, there is no day that passes without the company receiving a report of electrical installation being attacked by vandals.
“It has gone so bad that the vandals now go as far as draining transformer oil, even after carting away the armoured cables, a situation which is disheartening,” he said.
He said that the suspected vandals apprehended had been handed over to the police stations for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
The EEDC spokesman also called on customers to be more involved in securing electrical installations serving them.
Ezeh commended the efforts of the security personnel, Vigilante Groups as well as the President-General of communities and their teams for the efforts in apprehending the suspects.
“There is need for our customers to be more vigilant in ensuring that electricity installations sited within their neighbourhoods are protected against attacks by these criminal elements in the society,” he said.
Ezeh stated that vandals capitalised on the poor availability occasioned by the drop in quantum of power generation experienced in the sector in recent times, to perpetrate the criminal acts.
He said the drop in power supply had adversely affected the company’s daily energy allocation.
“We keep committing millions of naira, restoring vandalised installations and this is no longer sustainable, considering our current financial state.” (
The Women Centre for Self Empowerment and Development (WOCSED), an NGO, has tasked widows on economic empowerment and financial savings, to raise their economic status and meet demands of children up-bringing.
The Executive Director of WOCSED, Mrs Onyeka Obi, gave the task on Saturday while addressing widows during the NGO’s commemoration of International Widows Day in Enugu.
Obi noted that economic empowerment, which widows should conceive and get committed to, remained a sure way of addressing poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many homes in the country.
According to her, the widowhood condition exposes women to psychological and physical abuse as well as a whole range of health related problems, including .
She said: “They face varying degrees of difficulties and untold hardships even though they tend to suffer in silence in most cases.
“For many Nigerian widows, they live not only with psychological challenges, financial constraints and the burden of raising their children alone but also with the cultural demands of widowhood.
“In most parts of the states, widows are deprived of benefiting from the inheritance of their late husbands, especially with the absence of a will.
“Other challenges widows face in the society range from traditional, economic, emotional and mental to spiritual problems.
“They also have difficulties engaging in social interactions and poor housing to mention but a few.
“Others include violation of widows’ right: defacement, dethronement, forced levitate marriage, disinheritance and denial of the right of dignity and equality.”
In a lecture titled “Speak Out Against Inhuman Treatment”, Mrs Nnemaka Ilodigwe, a lawyer, urged widows to learn how to speak out against injustice against them on time and “not to die in silence”.
Ilodigwe, who is with the Faculty of Law, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, urged widows to seek quick legal redress through free legal services from female lawyers if they felt maltreated or not given their due right to their husband’s belongings.
“The law is here to protect everybody and the widows should know that they have serious protection from the law against harmful cultural practices and inhuman treatment,” she said.
In another lecture titled: “Widows Financial Independence’’, Mr Matthew Kalu, a Business Consultant, advised women to strive to be creative and get committed in a form of financial empowerment.
Kalu urged them to explore the options of cooperative societies; having a good saving culture and “having good business idea orientation by ensuring they are not lazy but make good use of both their time and financial opportunity”.
Responding, Mrs Ogochukwu Madichie, one of the widows, thanked WOCSED for the enlightening lectures and free gift items supplied by the organisation.
The event also featured how to plant yams in bags and cervical cancer screening for all the widows present.
WOCSED also gave out lots of wrappers and ready-made cloths to the widows.
The International Widows Day is commemorated every June 23 to draw attention to the voices of widows, highlight the problems they faced and galvanise the support that they needed.
This year’s theme is “Sustainable Solutions for Widows Financial Independence”. (
Shooting Stars of Ibadan on Saturday afternoon stunned the mammoth crowd at the Awka Township Stadium with a dramatic comeback to a 2-2 draw with Rangers Int’l of Enugu in the Match Day 36 encounter.
The two sides played out a goalless draw in the first 45 minutes with Rangers also Flying Antelopes having a number of near goal situations with no much anxious moment in their goal area.
Rangers FC broke the deadlock in the 46th minute through Shedrack Asiegbu, just at the resumption of play in the second half and in the 55th minute later through Chidiebere Nwobodo.
The Ibadan based side popularly known as Oluyole Warriors fought back through Moses Omoduemuke who scored in the 73rd and 88th minutes.
The comeback sent the excited Awka fans into a sudden chill while some of them had to leave the stadium before the final whistle.
The enraged fans including some veteran Rangers int’l said the way the team surrendered a comfortable 2-0 lead within 15 minutes called the technical judgment of Coach Abdul Maikaba to question.
Nwakaibeya Anene said, the Rangers spirit was already building up in Awka but the draws from their last two games especially when they were winning was a bad to pay fans for their loyalty.
“First half was good, we defended very well even when we lost chances to score but the game changed after we scored, our defense collapsed, that was why we conceded the goals.
“We even told the coach to play one of our best defenders but he sent him back, the draw was unnecessary, our players were uninspiring,” he said.
Reacting to their performance in the game, Isiaka Mutiu said it was a product of determination and belief in God.
“It is God, I must be honest with you because we can’t explain; all we know is that we put in every effort we could.
“Our general manager told us to believe in ourselves, that everything is possible and thank God we got that all important point.
Agoye Olumide, coach of Shooting Stars said the draw was a product from their game in Ibadan last week when Abia Warriors who came back from 0-2 to draw level.
He said the Awka stadium pitch also brought out the best in his players as it made for free flowing football with no misbehaviour.
“The pitch was good for us, very good, if you don’t know how to play football, this pitch can help you,” he said.
Two late goals by Moses Omoduemuke ensured visiting Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan drew 2-2 with Rangers International of Enugu on Saturday in Awka.
The home draw meant the hosts failed to gain valuable ground on their 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rivals in the race for the competition’s third position.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Omoduemuke’s 73rd and 88th minutes goals cancelled out strikes by Shedrack Asiegbu and Chidiebere in the 46th and 55th minutes respectively.
The result meant Rangers stayed fourth on the log behind Remo Stars Football Club of Ikenne in third place, with each of them on 53 points.
This may mean that the 1977 African Cup Winners Cup champions may not be having a return next season to the competition now known as the CAF Confederation Cup.
Remo Stars are likely to build a gap when they host fifth-placed Enyimba International of Aba on Sunday, while Enyimba can even leapfrog Rangers if they win in Ikenne.
Sixth-placed Kwara United who host Nasarawa United of Lafia on Sunday in Ilorin can do same if they win.
Eighth-placed Akwa United of Uyo can move up if they beat hosts Wikki Tourists on Sunday too.
Seventh-placed Sunshine Stars of Akure seem to be out of the reckoning for now, after a 0-1 loss to hosts Heartland Football Club of Owerri who are in the 18th place.
Abia Warriors of Umuahia did their campaign a lot of good with a 3-2 win over Gombe United, while Dakkada FC beat visiting Katsina FC 2-0 in Uyo.
Other Match Day 36 fixtures slated for Sunday will see title winners Rivers United of Port Harcourt hosting Kano Pillars, while MFM FC of Lagos will host Niger Tornadoes of Minna.
Second-placed Plateau United of Jos should have their hands full as they host relegation-threatened Lobi Stars of Makurdi.
But knowing a win will cement their position and the 20222023 CAF Champions League ticket, there may be no surprises.
Mr Chijioke Edeoga on Saturday emerged the new gubernatorial candidate of Labour Party (LP) replacing the earlier candidate, Mr Casmir Agbo.The State Chairman of the party, Agbo, who was the former candidate, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview in Enugu.“I can tell you authoritatively that Edeoga is now our candidate. You can go to press with that,” he said.Edeoga, who lost the PDP governorship primary, was the immediate past commissioner for Environment in the present administration of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.He polled nine votes to come second behind the winner, Mr Peter Mba, who polled over 700 votes.Agbo said the decision to pick Edeoga as his replacement was taken at an enlarged State Executive meeting of the party on Saturday.It would be recalled that, Agbo, was earlier elected at a primary held in Enugu and then doubled as State chairman.