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NSCDC parade three for cable vanadalism, prepaid metres theft

13 November 2015, 21:46

Lagos - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Friday in Lagos paraded three suspects for vandalising electric cables and stealing smart card prepaid meters.

The Lagos State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Gabriel Abafi, made the disclosure while parading the suspects before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Ikeja.

According to Abafi, one of the suspects, Hassan Usman, vandalised transformer cables belonging to Ikeja Electric.

The NSCDC boss said Usman who vandalised the transformer cables belonging to Ikeja Electric located at Ketu, Lagos, was arrested on Oct. 28.

"The two other suspects, Uzor Anyawu and Peter Etamen, who were arrested on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 respectively, were alleged to have collected N150, 000 from a customer of Ikeja Electric.

"The duo connived to collect money from the customer to provide and install stolen smart card meters which is supposed to be free.

Also read: NSCDC blames incessant vandalism on insider collaboration

"This was detected and they were arrested after the customer complained that the meters were not working well and unable to be recharged,’’ he said.

Abafi said the suspects would be charged to court immediately the command finished its investigation.

"This has been going on but we are determined to put a stop to the act,’’ he said.

He also advised anyone still perpetrating such act to desist or be ready to face the wrath of the law.

The Head, Communications and Strategy, Ikeja Electric, Pekun Adeyanju, said the firm was also working with the police and the NSCDC to detect and arrest consumers who also bypass meters.

"Our target is to ensure we install between 10, 000 to 12, 000 meters on a monthly basis.

"We are targeting 300, 000 installed meters between now and 2016 and our meters are free,’’ he said. 




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