A Magistrate court sitting in Zaria has sentenced a suspected vandal, Kennedy Gambo, to a one year jail term without an option of fine for attempting to vandalise a power transformer belonging to Kaduna Electric.
This was contained in a press statement issued on behalf of the management of Kaduna electricity on Monday.
Other additional charges filed against Gambo included trespassing for which he was jailed six months with an option of N5,000 fine, and mischief for which he bagged another six months with N5,000 fine option.
During his arraignment, the vandal had admitted to tampering with the transformer and also stated that he had wanted to commit suicide.
Delivering judgement, the Chief Magistrate, Umar Bature, who was not swayed by his antics pointed out that the Nigerian constitution prohibits suicide hence he was confessing to another offence against the law.
Reacting to the judgement, Kaduna Electric’s Head of Corporate Communications, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said the company was pleased with the outcome and hoped that it will serve as a deterrent to other miscreants.
He said Kaduna Electric has been battling the menace of vandals who have been stealing transformers, cables and other electrical equipment on its network resulting in losses running into millions of Naira.
While commending the efforts of security agencies including men of the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps in tackling the menace of vandalism, he also called on communities to get involved by keeping a watchful eye over transformers in their neighborhoods and report suspicious movement around such equipment to security agencies or the nearest Kaduna Electric office.