A Chief Magistrate in Kogi State, Tanko Muhammed, has sentenced a employees of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, James Olayemi, to 6 months in jail over illegal disconnection of electrical energy provide to a buyer’s home in Lokoja, the state capital.
Muhammed sentenced Olayemi to 6 months in jail and ordered the instant reconnection of electrical energy provide to the compound of the complainant, Dennis Osawota, Daily Post studies.
Earlier, Osawota who’s a retired employees of the National Inland Waterways Authority, had dragged Olayemi, the Marketing officer and the Regional Manager, Lamidi Obadaki to court docket over the damages accomplished to his property and illegal disconnection of electrical energy provide to his home after paying N370,000 as electrical energy invoice in February.
The duo had allegedly dedicated the offence opposite to Regulations 5 and 11 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Connection And Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services 2007 and punishable beneath Section 94 of the electrical energy sector reform (EPSR) Act 2005.
According to the prosecution counsel, O.C. King Esq. who was represented by Emeje Aruwa Esq, the non-public prosecution was introduced pursuant to sections 86, 87, 88, 107 (a), (e), 108(1) (c), 111, 112 and 113 of the Kogi State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2017, by Surveyor Dennis Osanwuta.
Aruwa famous that the defendants, on March 10, 2020, alongside others nonetheless at giant, did “maliciously and unlawfully disconnect the electricity supply to metre with Account number 715718350 supplying electricity to the building being occupied by the complainant No 1, NIWA Quarters, Lokoja, Kogi State”.
The first info report FIR learn partly, “That you and others now at large on the 10th March 2020 within the Magisterial District of this court, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit a felony.
“To wit: Unlawful disconnection of electricity supply and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 97 of the Penal Code, Laws of Kogi State.”
Aruwa additionally submitted that the duo conspired to hold out disconnection of electrical energy provide to the premises of the complainant though he didn’t default in fee of his payments and described the act as illegal.
He urged the court docket to take cognizance of Regulation 10(8) of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Connection and Disconnection Procedures of Electricity Services, 2007.
In his judgment, Muhammed absolved the Regional Manager AEDC, Obadaki, the second defendant of any complicity on the 2 counts of expenses of prison conspiracy and illegal disconnection of energy provide to the defendant.
“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 him to six months imprisonment and an option of fine of N50,000”, he dominated.