The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has warned consumers engaging in meter by-pass to stop the practice to avoid prosecution or payment of fines.
Mr Godwin Idemudia, the General Manager, Media Communications of EKEDC, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Friday that the company is collaborating with security agencies to check energy theft.
According to him, “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.’’
Idemudia described energy theft as an act of economic sabotage punishable under the laws of the land.
He said, “Perpetrators should be ready to face the consequence of their criminal act.’’
Idemudia said Energy Theft Detection Unit had been set up in all the eight business districts of the firm to expose and arrest those who engaged in meter by-pass, illegal connection or re-connection.
According to him, 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 urged all loyal customers and other law abiding citizens to expose perpetrators of energy theft by reporting to the nearest EKEDC office.
He said that such reports would be treated with utmost confidentiality.