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Police dock three for energy theft in Kaduna

The Police in Kaduna on Friday arraigned three persons: Kelvin Edet, Joseph Nnanji and one Nasiru, who is still at large, before Chief Magistrate Court 5, Barnawa, Kaduna for electricity related offences.
A press statement by the Head, Corporate Communication of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, disclosed that Kelvin Edet and Joseph Nnaji were slammed with three count charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and mischief, offences that are contrary to and punishable under sections 97, 348 and 334 of the criminal code of Kaduna State.
They were accused of conniving among themselves and engaging in energy meters’ tampering, bypass and other forms of energy theft.
The statement further revealed that two of the accused persons, Kelvin Edet and Joseph Nnanji, who were physically in court, pleaded not guilty to the offences and were granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, Abdullahi Maigamo, in the sum of N50,000 each.
As part of the bail conditions, they are also expected to produce one reliable surety who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and must present to the court a valid means of identification such an international passport, driver’s licence or a national ID card and shall deposit his/her recent passport photograph.
The case has been adjourned to July 5, 2017 for further mention.
Meanwhile, Kaduna Electric has commended the effort of the Nigerian Police in checkmating electricity related offences and pledged to ensure strong synergy between the Electricity Distribution Company and the law enforcement agencies.
“The company shall leave no stone unturned to bring to book the perpetrators of energy theft who causes unnecessary hardship to our valued customers,” Abdullahi stated and appealed to the general public to provide credible intelligence that will expose the perpetrators of electricity related offences to law enforcement agencies or the Company.