By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
In an effort to ensure improvement in service delivery and give electricity users in Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States value for their money, the Federal Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the Nigeria Police and Kaduna Electric, has constituted a Special Investigation and Prosecution Task Force on Electricity Offences.
A statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi said the mandate of the Task Force is to apprehend, investigate and prosecute electricity offences such as: energy theft, illegal connection, illegal reconnection, meter tampering and meter bypass, vandalism of power supply assets, extortion of innocent members of the public by individuals, e.t.c. in courts of law.
The company said, the activities of the Task Force is aimed at bringing sanity into the electricity distribution business;
it is also hoped that unnecessary service disruption and prolong down time due to the activities of some unscrupulous persons shall be eliminated.
As such, no innocent member of the public shall be victimised; rather, all registered and paying customers shall experience better services.
The Statement urged customers not to engage in energy theft, illegal tampering with electricity equipment, meter bypass and to remember, energy theft in whatever form is a crime.