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An official of Abuja Electrical Distribution Company (AEDC) gets six months sentence over illegal disconnection
An official of Abuja Electrical Distribution Company (AEDC) gets six months sentence over illegal disconnection

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An official of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) identified as Mr James Olayemi has bagged six months jail term over unlawful disconnection of electricity supply to the apartment of one Dennis Osanwuta.

Delivering the judgement on Thursday August 12, Chief Magistrate Tanko Muhammed also ordered immediate reconnection of power to Osanwuta’s premises.

The Magistrate who held that Olayemi was convicted and sentenced accordingly for violating various sections of the extant laws on electricity services, however, absolved the AEDC Regional Manager, Lameed Obadaki, the second defendant, of any complicity on the two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and unlawful disconnection.

According to Muhammed, the disconnection offence was punishable under Section 94 and Section 5 of Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act, 2005 which provides that electricity consumers must be given maximum of 10 days for payment of electricity bills.

Obadaki was discharged and acquitted by the Judge who said evidence presented in the case showed there was no link between him and the criminal activities of the first defendant.

Olayemi was however given an option of a N50,000 fine. The Magistrate said;

“The EPSR also provides for a three-month written notice disconnection to a customer before AEDC can effect an impending disconnection.

“In view of evidence before me, the complainant has not been given such opportunity; therefore, the first defendant is guilty as charged.

“I hereby sentence you to six months imprisonment, with an option of fine of N50,000.”

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