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  • News - South East - Enugu
  • Updated: May 20, 2024

NDLEA, EEDC seek EFCC's support in tackling vandalism of electricity infrastructure

NDLEA, EEDC seek EFCC's support in tackling vandalism of ele

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, have sought support from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in tackling vandalism of electricity infrastructure in Enugu.

This was made available when the Acting Zonal Director of the Enugu Zonal Command of the EFCC, DCE Mohammed Shaib Bello visited the Enugu State Commander of the NDLEA, Commander of Narcotics, Peter Ogar in his office.

The NDLEA boss commended the professionalism of the EFCC in the fight against corruption, economic and financial crimes.

As contained in a statement on Monday by the EFCC, Ogar further called for more support in sharing intelligence in order to combat trading of illegal drugs in the State.

He alleged that many hotels in the state were being used by drug barons to transact illegal drug businesses and that his Agency cannot combat the crime without intelligence, adding that the EFCC and the NDLEA can achieve more with mutual intelligence sharing.

He equally pledged total support to the EFCC against economic and financial crimes in the state.

 He said: “In Enugu here, we are having challenges. The challenge here is the number of hotels in Enugu Town and the activities of some hotels and drug businesses that go on there. 

"With the manpower we have, we cannot cover some of these hotels. Also, Directors of some of these hotels and some drug barons are not even resident here. 

"They come, transact business and go. So please, we want you to help us with intelligence so that by the time we shut down one or two hotels, other people will learn."

On his part, the zonal EFCC boss, Mohammed Shaib Bello said the visit was to strengthen the existing relationship between the EFCC and the NDLEA.

He said: “The essence of my visit is to familiarise myself with NDLEA and to strengthen the existing relationship between the EFCC and your Agency. NDLEA is a strategic stakeholder in the fight against corruption, especially money laundering and I want to assure you that you have our unwavering support in helping you succeed in this state."

Also speaking, the Managing Director/CEO of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, Praveen Chorghade also sought assistance from the EFCC in tackling non-payment of electricity bills, theft and vandalization of infrastructures in the State.

He acknowledged the critical roles being played by the EFCC in reflating the country’s economy, adding that vandalization of electricity infrastructures is an economic crime that is becoming prevalent in the state.

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