Eight Arrested For Meter Bypass In Ikeja

Eight persons have been arrested for allegedly tampering with meters installed by Ikeja Electric at its Abule-Egba and Ikorodu Business Units.

The suspects arrested for ‘meter bypass,’ were said to have deliberately manipulated meters installed in their residences to circumvent appropriate payment for energy consumed. The suspects who reside at No. 8, Ibrahim Adejare Street, Ajuwon, Abule-Egba, Block 7 Flat 5, Block 50 Flat 1, Block 10 Bungalow, Block 2 Flat 5 and Block 1 Flat 6 of Tinubu Estate, Odonla Ikorodu- Lagos, were apprehended by officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Mobile Policemen on October 6 and 9, 2015, following a complaint by Ikeja Electric.

According to a statement issued by Ikeja Electric, investigations are ongoing to ensure the suspects are made to face the wrath of the law, along with possible collaborators who are believed to be part of a notorious syndicate.

The management said the company has been grappling with the menace of individuals who deliberately destroy the firm’s equipment and installations across its business units. The Managing Director, Abiodun Ajifowobaje said the company has within the last 18 months spent over N11million to malicious damage to its transformers, installations and upgrade equipment. The company has also lost revenue through meter bypass involving over 75,000 customers who have not paid their electricity bills in the last couple of months.

He urged customers to be part of continuing efforts aimed at safeguarding equipment in their neighbourhood by reporting the activities of vandals and saboteurs to law enforcement agencies and/or Ikeja Electric business offices.

The company has received the backing of various security agencies who have vowed to check the menace of vandals and energy thieves through prosecution. Ikeja Electric is currently installing advanced prepaid meters across its network in line with its commitment to service excellence.

The company stated that the advanced meters, meter application forms as well as installation services are free and as such customers are advised not to pay adding that customers its helplines on 01-4483900, 0700-0-2255-453 and 01-7000250 or send an email to Customercare@ikejaelectric for help and clarifications.



Source: The Nation Nigeria

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