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Police operatives in Edo State have launched a manhunt for suspected electricity vandals who stole equipment of BEDC Electricity Plc worth over N50 million.

The incident occurred when the hoodlums under the cover of darkness, invaded the premises of BEDC office, in Ivue Community, Uromi, Esan North East Local Government of the State, and stole equipment from its distribution substation.

It was gathered that the bubble busted on the electricity thieves when a security man noticed strange movements in the premises, and decided to find out what was going on.

Upon sighting the security man, the hoodlums were said to have flee, and in the process, one of them abandoned his mobile phone at the scene.

A source in the know who did not want his name mentioned said, “The security [man] who noticed some strange movements, decided to go check. Immediately the vandals saw him, they took off, while the security officer chased them, but could not catch any. Luck however ran out on them as one left his phone behind.”

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The Head of Corporate Affairs of BEDC, Mr. Adekunle Tayo, while confirming the incident, lamented the incessant theft of equipment of the organization.

He called for tougher sanctions against vandals to serve as deterrent to others.

According to him, “The vandalised equipment was at the BEDC distribution sub-station and the case has been reported to the Uromi Police station and the Uromi Community is aware.

“The substation is not feeding the public directly. We are appalled at the act and urge that tougher sanctions be meted out to vandals when caught to serve as deterrent to them and others,” Tayo said.

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