Nigeria: prominent individuals notorious in energy theft

Jun 06, 2016 12:00 AM

An ongoing crackdown on electricity thieves by the Police, on the request of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), has revealed that some prominent personalities are notorious in the crime.

No fewer than five prominent figures, one of them a former attorney general and commissioner of justice, are being investigated by the police over alleged electricity theft.

The crackdown is happening in Plateau, where the headquarters of the power distribution company is located, and the neighbouring Bauchi, Gombe and Benue states where JEDC also operates, according to Barrister Wilfred Eryum, the firm's head of Legal and Corporate Services who said the people being investigated indulged mostly in the bypassing of legal connection.

Eryum said, "The rate of energy theft from our source is alarming, and the crackdown is proving a success because we have caught up with a large number of persons who are bypassing metres to steal electricity. The police have already arraigned a certain number in courts while many more are still being investigated."

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