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Fraudulent former staff haunts Ikeja power firm

14 January 2014, 10:34Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The management of Ikeja Distribution Company (IKEDC) has warned electricity consumers in Lagos to be wary of former workers which it said were defrauding members of the public of their money.

The company said it had received complaints that some of its former staff went about extorting money from consumers under the guise of repairing damaged equipment.

The management of the company noted that none of its current and past staff was authorized to make such demands.

“The attention of the management of IKEDC has been drawn to the activities of some former IKEDC staff that have allegedly been extorting money from members of the public under the guise of receiving contribution towards repairs of IKEDC equipment and purchase of prepaid meters,” read an IKEDC statement.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no one including current or past Power Holding Company of Nigeria or IKEDC staff is authorized to make such demands. We urge members of the public to rebuff these impostors and report such to the nearest IKEDC office in Lagos.”

The company also warned that it was addressing the issue of vandalism of its equipment and would not hesitate to prosecute any person found to have been destroying its properties in the state.

“While we are partnering with relevant authorities to ensure that the issue of vandalism, sabotage and theft is addressed, we will stop at nothing to ensure that defaulters are duly prosecuted,” IKEDC stated.
Regarding the issue of epileptic power supply been experienced in the state, the company appealed for understanding saying that it was working on fixing the root cause.

“While we are working hard to review and upgrade our infrastructure, we wish to inform all our customers that the current power interruption been experienced is due to the shortfall of gas supply, grid limitations and sabotage of the system. The company is doing all it can to ensure that the allocated power is equitably distributed amongst our esteemed customers,” it stated.

– CAJ News


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