Electricity Thieves Beware, FG is Coming After You
A special task force for the investigation and prosecution of electricity theft cases under the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 has been inaugurated by the Federal Government.
The task force was inaugurated by the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Umar, during a joint conference organised by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and the DPPF’s office at the Federal Ministry of Justice..
Members of the task force were drawn from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the DPPF’s office, and were charged to commence work immediately by arresting and prosecuting electricity thieves across the country.
Umar said the task force was a product of the collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Justice, AEDC, NPF and NSCDC, adding that the AGF had approved the team.
“I want to express my sincere appropriation to the AGF and minister of justice for giving the approval to set up this all important task force to deal with the menace of electricity theft, which has silently contributed immensely to the economic challenges that the Nigerian power sector has faced over time,” he said.
Umar told members of the team to “bear in mind that the overall objective of your mandate is to prevent electricity theft cases and recover lost revenue. As part of your mandate, you are to carry out intensive campaigns to create public awareness on the adverse effect of electricity theft on the Nigerian economy.”
The Managing Director, Abuja Disco, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, said the losses caused by electricity theft related offences had resulted in distortions of significant magnitude, such that power distribution companies were not able to properly account for the energy allocated to them.
“This speaks to the insufficient payments being received by electricity) generators, Transmission Company of Nigeria, gas suppliers and other members of the electricity value chain. If this is not comprehensively addressed, it will continually pose significant threats to the transformation of the electricity industry in Nigeria”.