Edo: Two women in police net over energy theft

Benin Electricity Distribution Company

Benin Electricity Distribution Company

By Jethro Ibileke

Two middle-aged women, Mrs. Bright Isibor and Mrs. Evelyn Eriamator, have been arrested by operatives of Edo State Police Command for energy theft by allegedly bypassing their prepaid meters to use electricity.

The suspects were arrested by a combined team of police personnel and BEDC staff who went round the Benin metropolis in search of violators.

Two others however others escaped arrest by the operatives.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the exercise in Benin, the Corporate Communications Officer of BEDC, Mrs. Evelyn Gbiwen, said the exercise was to ensure that all revenue comes to the company’s coffers.

She said: “We just went on a drive to make sure that those people who engage in criminal infractions on BEDC meters are brought to book.

“We did a petition to the Commissioner of Police and within 48 hours he approved.

“We want to keep on arresting these people to serve at a deterrent to those who are engaging in criminal infractions such as bypass illegal connection, load diversion and others.

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“The new management of BEDC is not going to take kindly to any infraction that will result in loss of revenue.

“We have a target to take this company out of the weood within a very, very short time.

“Some are stealing for business production without any regard for the losses they are creating for BEDC.

“We want to make sure that whatever energy we sell, the revenue comes to the company, not to individual pocket.

“We have just started, over the next few weeks about 14 people will be arrested and prosecuted we have already identified them,” she added.

Mrs. Gbiwen expressed gratitude to the media for its collaboration in the crusade against energy theft.

She added that the issue of infractions is not only for customers, and that the company’s searchlight would also be beamed on the staff.

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