A 56 – year old man who is an electric technician has been arrested by the Nasrawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) for allegedly diverting eight pre-paid meters belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
The state Commandant of the Corps, Mohammed Mahmoud-Fari informed newsmen of the development on Wednesday in Lafia that the suspect was arrested on Jan. 22, following a complaint from the contractor handling meter installation for the AEDC.
The Corps Commandant said that the meters were originally allocated to residents of Nursing Estate in Mararaban-Gurku, Karu local government of the state but were diverted and sold to other customers noting that the suspect confessed to the alleged crime, saying it was the handiwork of the devil.
Eight Pre- Paid meters were recovered from the suspect but on investigation, the Commandant revealed that five of the meters were not part of the allocation given to the suspect to install.
He said ; “This implies that he must have been diverting pre-paid meters from other locations and we would not relent in getting to the root of the matter to ascertain if there are accomplices.”
He further advised electricity consumers to be cautious so as not to patronize fraudsters in their quest to get pre-paid electricity meters and go through the proper channel.
Meanwhile, the suspect in told newsmen that there was a mix-up in the allocation schedule given to him by the contractor.
He, however, said that the boys working with him installed a meter for a customer not originally captured in the allocation paper and collected the sum of N24,000, out of which he was given N19,000.
The AEDC contractor for pre-paid meter installation under Mararaba zone, Engr. Adeleke Odusayo, said he gave the suspect about 690 pre-paid meters for installation in the area but became worried when a number of customers kept complaining that their meters have not been installed.
“I decided to do a verification and reconciliation of the meters given to the people working for me and discovered some irregularities, which prompted me to involve the security agency,” Odusayo said.