The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), says it has uncovered huge cases of electricity theft by many customers using prepaid electricity meters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The company’s executive director, Commercial Services, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, who confirmed this development in a statement yesterday by the company’s head, public relations and media, Ahmed Shekarau revealed that many of the customers involved in the theft are high profile personalities resident in Abuja and environs.
Mupwaya who warned all customers engaged in such fraudulent activities to desist from doing that as the AEDC will soon launch “Operation Shame Them” campaign to expose all those involved in the act, including the high profile personalities, said the cases of theft was uncovered by a special task force set up by the company.
He further disclosed that the company plans to involve the police and the media in the exercise in shaming customers involved in electricity theft.
Recall that the AEDC and the police had early this year agreed to collaborate towards tackling theft of electricity and vandalism within the company’s coverage area in an agreement reached at a meeting between the company’s management and the Inspector General of Police.
Citing the Penal Code and other relevant laws, the AEDC said the company was ready to collaborate the police in order to further reduce the incidence of commercial and technical losses being incurred by the company.