The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) wishes to inform its esteemed customers that the current decline in power supply within its network is due to low power generation resulting from gas constraints faced by thermal generating companies. This development has led to a reduction in the daily megawatt hour (MWH) of energy allocated to distribution companies nationwide, causing constraints for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), our primary power source. TCN has resorted to System Load-shedding to prevent a potential system collapse.
This situation has adversely affected the quality of service to our customers, as we contend with significantly reduced energy allocations for distribution. The EEDC seeks the understanding of our esteemed customers, emphasizing that our ability to distribute power is contingent on the allocated supply, a situation beyond our control. It is not unique to EEDC but affects distribution companies across the board.
Efforts are underway by the State Police Command to rescue the 31 persons, mostly women and children, abducted in Tashar Nagulle village in Batsari Local Council of Katsina State. The abductors, dressed as terrorists in military attire, have demanded a N60 million ransom for their release.
In response to this, the Katsina State government issues a stern warning to informants collaborating with terrorists, urging them to desist from such activities. The government emphasizes that security operatives are actively working to apprehend those involved in heinous crimes.
Reports indicate that the terrorists communicated their demands using a phone belonging to one of the abducted persons, instructing the community to send N60 million in ransom, a sack of processed grains, and two jerry cans for fetching water. However, community members, primarily poor peasant farmers, are negotiating with the terrorists to reduce the amount, proposing N1 million for the release of all kidnapped individuals.
Spokesperson for the State Police Command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, affirms ongoing efforts to rescue the victims, while the government continues its collaboration with security operatives to address the security challenges in the state. The police command also reports the killing of a notorious kidnapping kingpin terrorizing Bwari and other boundary communities in the Federal Capital Territory, along with two other accomplices.
The Force Headquarters Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, commends the police’s efforts in arresting various suspects and dismantling criminal networks. The police reiterate their commitment to combating crimes, rescuing kidnap victims, and maintaining public safety. The high command announces the arrest of gun-running syndicates and gun fabricators, emphasizing intensified efforts to dismantle criminal networks across the country.