By Ahmed Ajikobi
Residents of Adabata in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State have accused employees of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) of cable theft.
According to some members of the community, the vandals were said to have stormed the area in an IBEDC van to cut and made away with the cable valued at N260,000, from the transformer.
The incident was said to have happened around 11pm about three weeks ago when a resident of the area sighted the perpetrators as he was about to urinate just outside his home.
The suspects were said to have immediately drove off in a van suspected to belong to IBEDC upon noticing the presence of the resident.
It was also gathered that since the incident occurred three weeks ago, the community has been left in total blackout.
According to a source, the issue had been reported to the Customer Care Manager, Ibraheem Abubakar at the Baboko office of IBEDC and also at the police station.
“When we met with the Customer Care Manager, he debunked the allegation that any staff of the electricity company was responsible for the theft of our cable but he promised to forward the matter to the state headquarters and Ibadan office for intervention,” the source disclosed.
When contacted, the IBEDC Regional Communication Officer, Asaju Kolawole denied the accusation saying no employee of IBEDC is permitted to work at night.
He further stated that he is yet to be briefed about the incident adding that IBEDC staff should not be linked to the disappearance of cable in Adabata community.
“None of our staff will go and steal cable and anybody who goes out to work in the night is not our staff,” he said.
Kolawole however promised to investigate the matter and get back to our reporter.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi could however not be reached on the incident as calls and text messages sent to him were not responded to.