By Our Correspondent
The Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), through the Special Investigation and Prosecution Taskforce on Electricity Offences (SIPTEO) says it recorded a boost in the fight against energy theft in its franchise.
According to the Management, SIPTEO arraigned one Mu’ammar Aliyu Getso, alongside his younger brother, Suleiman Aliyu Getso who is now at large for stealing 5,500 KWH of energy valued at N101,250.
A Magistrate Court number 63, seating in Hajj Camp, Kano convicted Mu’ammar Aliyu Getso, a resident in Janbulo on two count charges of criminal conspiracy and energy theft.
Giving her judgment shortly after the convict pleads guilty to the offence, the Presiding Judge, Sakina Amina Yusuf said the offence is punishable under section 97 sub section 286 sub section 2 of Panel code Law of Kano State, adding that the defendant will pay KEDCO the sum of N101,250.00 or spend one year in prison.
She further added that the defendant will also pay the sum of N20,000 as fine or spend the six month in prison.
Reacting to the judgement, the Assistant Superintendent of Police, with the Special Investigation and Prosecution Taskforce on Electricity Offences (SIPTEO) Kano Branch, Aliyu Bamalli revealed that the convict had consumed electricity for 15 months without payments, he further charge all and sundry to shy away from energy theft or face the wrath of the law.
The Management herewith calls on those nursing and are in the business of vandalism, energy and power equipment theft and other criminal tendencies to deviate from such act before the law catches up with them.