Members of Mbiri community, near Asaba, the Delta state capital on Sunday arrested a staff (name withheld) of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for allegedly vandalizing a transformer in the area.
He was said to have been arrested by a team of elderly men and women who caught him red handed while allegedly removing equipment from the transformer.
The transformer is located around Obi Quarters in Mbiri and has not been functional in the last three months for no reasons adduced, thus keeping the community in continuous darkness.
It was gathered that when the suspect came to the transformer in the afternoon, he came in a disguise to effect repairs but this was not to be as he was caught allegedly digging and removing an object from the transformer by some women who were on their way home from the Sunday Church Service.
Eye witness said that the suspect was beaten up to a pulp but for the intervention of the Security Agents who came from Umunede community to whisk him away.
An elder in the community, Chief Alfred Obahor who spoke to journalists on telephone, however appealed to the Area Manager in Umunede, Mr. Curts Nwadei to look into the problem and ensure that the suspect is brought is bought to book as well as not to ensure that the suspect has rubbished the name of BEDC in the area.
The frequent vandalization of BEDC transformer in the area had brought a setback of continued power failure to the community in the last few months thus making business activities at low ebb. But the Police officers from Umunede Police Division who did not want their names in the print confirmed the arrest of the suspect saying that investigation is ongoing.