The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution (EKEDC) Plc on Friday warned consumers engaging in meter by-pass to stop the practice to avoid prosecution or payment of fines. The General Manager, Media Communications of EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said in a statement in Lagos that the company is collaborating with security agencies to check energy theft.
“Anyone caught engaging in the illegal act of meter by-pass or illegal connection will pay a minimum fine of N50, 000 or be ready to face prosecution in the law court,’’ he said. Idemudia described energy theft as an act of economic sabotage punishable under the laws of the land.
“Perpetrators should be ready to face the consequence of their criminal act,’’ he said. The general manager said an Energy Theft Detection Unit had been set up in all the eight business districts of the company to fish out those engaged in meter by-pass, illegal connection or re-connection. According to Idemudia, members of the Energy Theft Detection Units will be going round with security agents for inspection. He said the company was working with the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in tackling the problem of energy theft. The spokesman enjoined all loyal customers and other law abiding citizens to expose perpetrators of energy theft by reporting to the nearest EKEDC office. Idemudia said that such reports would be treated with utmost confidentiality.