EFCC Begins Investigation Of People Stealing Electricity
You would think that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC only investigates people who are suspected to have stolen large amounts of cash.
But they also investigate people who have stolen energy by connecting their electricity ‘directly’.
This practice is said to have become a trend as some electricity consumers are said to be conniving with some electricity workers and metre manufacturers by bypassing the government electricity distribution company’s metres.
The Federal Ministry of Power which is obviously worried by the trend invited the EFCC onboard to curtail the menace.
The anti-graft agency is said to have already started carrying out an investigation in some areas covered by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company.
In a statement issued by the ministry on Sunday, it said, “Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company noted that collusion by some of its employees, customers and meter manufacturers to bypass meters has been reported to the EFCC and is under investigation.”
The ministry further observed that the Transmission Company of Nigeria had restored the Katampe 60MVA substation in Abuja and the 40 MVA mobile substation in Damboa, Borno State.
It said the Makeri to Pankshin 132kV line in Plateau and Okpella line in Edo State were both expected to be switched on in August 2017, adding that the installation of new circuit breaker in Egbin was scheduled for inauguration on May 19, 2017.