The ongoing war against energy theft by Eko Electricity Distribution Company yielded fruit recently when the company’s anti-energy theft crew uncovered energy theft at Yomi Estate, in Ajah Lagos, under the Ibeju Business District of the company.
Speaking to newsmen over the incident, EKEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Godwin Idemudia said occupants of the 60-apartment estate had pretended not to be connected to the company’s electricity supply network.
He said the estate was, however, drawing supply through an underground cable that was connected to a service point in an unoccupied one-story building opposite the estate.
Mr. Idemudia said the special anti-energy theft crew swung into action after a tip-off from a whistleblower who came to give information to the company’s officials on the energy theft in the estate.
Commending the whistleblower for being a patriotic Nigerian, Mr. Idemudia said the company would reward him for blowing the lid on the criminal act. The EKEDC’s spokesman added that the underground cable with which the estate tapped Electricity has been exhumed.
Eko DisCo joins other DisCos in their improved efforts towards curbing electricity theft. Now whistleblowers can even be rewarded for reporting electricity theft via using the platform www.s4report.com. Whistleblowers have come away with thousands of Naira for revealing culprits of electricity theft. This initiative which has earned widespread commendation is arguably the biggest step in the fight against electricity theft.
Mr. Idemudia said as many people as are found culpable would be charged to court for prosecution. He also advised individuals and communities to desist from energy theft adding that it is a criminal offense punishable under the law and as such, can land perpetrators in jail.