Three men have been arrested by the Nigerian Police for allegedly assaulting workers of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) in Nkpor, Anambra state.
The company services Enugu, Anambra and Imo states.
In a statement issued on Thursday in Enugu through its Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, the company said officers from the Ogidi Divisional Headquarters, on July 31, carried out the arrest of the suspects.
“The EEDC team made up of linesmen and marketers attached to its Umunya Service Centre, under Ogidi District, were at Maryland Layout, Umuoji Road, Nkpor, for cash drive/disconnection of indebted customers.
“They were in the premises of a two storey building to engage with the customers before serving them the disconnection notice when two hefty men locked up the gate and descended on them.
“The hefty men slapped, punched and smashed one of them against the gate when he tried to escape, thereby leaving him in a critical state at the hospital, as a result of the cracked jaw bone injury he sustained,’’ Ezeh said.
He warned the general public against assaulting EEDC staff, saying the company will not take lightly with such acts.
“Assault on EEDC field officers in the course of carrying out our daily operations is one of the challenges faced by the company, and this is highly prevalent in Ogidi district.
“We have situations where customers release their dogs on our staff, threaten them at gun point to either come down from the pole or to climb and reconnect them.
“Sometimes, these staff are pulled down from the ladder while they are still on the pole and attacked with harmful objects like knife.
“These are individuals who work to earn a living, most of whom are bread winners of their families. If this is encouraged, it could happen to anyone tomorrow.’’ he stated.
He said the suspects – Nonso Amadi, 32, from Orlu, Imo state; Chibuzor Okafor, 32, from Umanachi, Anambra state; and Onyelowe Sylvanus, 67, from Aba Ngwa, Abia state – are being held and interrogated at the Ogidi Police Station pending necessary legal actions.