3 Jailed for Attacking Enugu DisCo Workers
The Nigerian court system has thrown its weight behind workers of electricity distribution companies who get battered by unruly electricity consumers while discharging their legitimate duties.
Three persons, Chika George, 32; Simon Nmerole, 61; Jonah Eberechi, 20; and Chukwudi Igboekwuto, 19 were last Friday sentenced to prison for attacking an employee of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and vandalism of the company’s property.
The three suspects were not given an option of fine according to the judge, J.I. Austine-Okeke of the Uvuru Magistrate Court, Mbaise, Imo State and are to spend one year in prison for attacking the electricity workers.
The attackers were said to have unleashed machete cut on one of the worker during the attack, a development said to have affected operations at the firm’s service centre in the area.
The incident took place on September 25, last year, when the apartment of one of them, Simeon Nmerole was disconnected for non-payment of electricity bill. On realizing the development, Nmerole was said to have mobilized his cohorts, who disrupted activities at the EEDC. It was in the process that Chika George rushed to the scene with a machete and inflicted a cut on one of the workers.
The three suspects were charged and prosecuted on five count charges bordering on assault, threat to life and conspiracy. The Magistrate found them quilty and ruled that they should be made to answer for their sins by spending one year in imprison, without any option of fine to serve as deterrent to others.