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Nigeria: Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Sets Up Electricity Offences Squad Against Energy Theft

Enugu — Individuals and organisations engaging in acts of energy theft, meter bypass and vandalism of electrical infrastructure are in for tough times as the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has inaugurated a Special Investigation and Prosecution Taskforce on Electricity Offences (SIPTEO).

The event, which took place at the company’s corporate headquarters, was presided by the Acting Managing Director/CEO, in company of a member of the Board of Directors, the Technical Adviser to the Board, the company’s Transformational Consultant, Head of Taskforce, and other members of Executive Management of the company.

Okeke charged the team to be professional in the discharge of their responsibility, stressing the need for high level of integrity and respect for human rights.

He said the high prevalence of meter bypass and energy theft in the South East has been a serious challenge to EEDC, as the company has consistently recorded losses in its revenue on a monthly basis, a situation that is currently threatening the performance and sustainability of the company.”It is therefore expected that with the inauguration of SIPTEO, the rate of theft and vandalism within the network will be reduced and this will bring about increase in revenue and more efficient service delivery to electricity customers in the South East”, he said

The leader of the 18-man special squad, SP. Spencer Tyozua, assured the management of EEDC that his men, who have been carefully selected for this job, would be responsible and professional in the discharge of the assigned task.

EEDC has therefore warned all those involved in this criminal act to be ready them, as there will be no sacred cow.

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