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Personnel of Kaduna Electric nab energy thief during night-time reconnection


Personnel of Kaduna Electric nab energy thief during night-time reconnection

Story from Saleh INUWA

Surveillance personnel of Kaduna Electric have executed a night raid and apprehended one Mr Opafola Abiodun of No. 18 Mopa Road, Kaduna while tapping electricity from the 11KV Leventis Feeder.

Abiodun was caught in the act by an external by-pass on metre number 04190482713.

According to the HoU Non-MD Metering, Engineer U. A. Gumel, the suspect was disconnected from the power supply on September 28, 2023, and charged a total sum of N104,823.18.

The booking letter, duly acknowledged by Abubakar with GSM: 07056646853 on November 29, 2023, serves as a legal document confirming the charges.

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Gumel explained that instead of settling the outstanding amount, Abiodun resorted to illegal reconnection during the evening and night hours.

Surveillance personnel on a routine monitoring operation were said to have caught him red-handed on November 24, 2023, and the matter was reported to the police, resulting in the arrest of the offender.

He further explained, “The case is currently under the jurisdiction of Kaduna Electric’s security unit, preparing for prosecution.

In response to the repeated offences, a second charge of ₦92,774.39 has been booked against Mr Abiodun under the “ORDER ON UNAUTHORISED ACCESS, METER TAMPERING, AND BY-PASS ORDER NO: NERC/REG/41/2017.”

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