Abuja electricity company accuses “high profile” customers of “theft”

by Premium Times

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company on Sunday accused its “high profile” customers of being responsible for the high incidence of energy theft in the Federal Capital Territory.

The AEDC’s Executive Director, Commercial Services, Ernest Mupwaya, said a special task force set up to monitor the issue had uncovered massive theft of electricity by many of its customers who use meters.
Mr. Mupwaya did not provide details on who the “high profile personalities” involved in the theft were, or how they were stealing electricity using the metres.
He, however, warned all customers engaged in such fraudulent activities to desist from it as the AEDC would soon launch “Operation Shame Them” campaign to expose all those involved in the act, including the high profile personalities.
The director said the AEDC was planning to involve the police and the media in the exercise.
Early this year, he said the AEDC and the police had agreed to collaborate towards tackling theft of electricity and vandalism within the company’s coverage area.
The agreement was reached at a meeting between the Inspector General of Police (and the AEDC Managing Director/CEO, Neil Croucher, to check the growing menace in its operational area.
At the meeting, Mr. Croucher, had expressed regrets at the rising cases of theft of energy in the power sector, pointing out that the AEDC needed the support of the police in dealing with the twin problems.
Citing the Penal Code and other relevant laws, the Managing Director said the company was ready to collaborate with the police in order to further reduce the incidence of commercial and technical losses incurred by the company.
Since the company emerged as one of the 11 successor power distribution companies from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN in 2013, it has been operating at a loss.
The company, which was mandated to undertake electricity distribution activities and related business in Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, recorded a loss of N13.37 billion in 2013, from N20.23billion in 2012, and N25.61 billion in 2014.

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