The Police on Thursday arraigned three middle-aged men – Yarfado Mohammed, Adewale Joshua and Kayode Babatunde – before an Area Court sitting in Karshi, Abuja Municipal Area Council, for allegedly consuming electricity worth 4,040 kilowatts valued at N108,952.80 illegally, an offence contrary to Section 286 (2) of the Penal Code.
Presenting the trio before Justice Aliyu Ibrahim, the prosecuting counsel, Barr. Mahmud Lawal, accused the defendants of bypassing the electricity meters issued by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and consumed 2,760kilowatts, 864 kilowatts and 396 kilowatts respectively.
A press statement issued by AEDC Head of Public Relations and Media, Ahmed Shekarau, quoted the First Information Report (FIR) from the police dated February 2, 2017, as saying that “at about 14.00hrs, reports came to us at Jikwoyi Police Station that you, Yarfado Mohammed (M) of Plot 6, Opposite Shopping Plaza, Army Estate Kurudu, Abuja, criminally by-passed electricity from the meter and used electricity valued at N67,680 dishonestly by avoiding payment through the system; and you Adewale Joshua (M) of Ogoni Figoro Plaza, Angwan Gede, Abuja Municipal, used the same method and used electricity valued at N31,650 dishonestly by avoiding payment through the meter system; and you Kayode Babatunde (M) of the same address dishonestly and criminally bypassed the electricity from the meter and used the same electricity valued at N9,622.80 dishonestly by avoiding payment through the meter. By these you committed the above offence.’
The defendants through their counsel, Barr. Ibolu Augustine, pleaded not guilty to the charge and requested for their bail on liberal terms. The judge granted the defendants’ bail in the sum of N100, 000.00 each and two sureties each of who must be of reputable character in like sum.
Source: The Nation