A Marketing Officer of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Mr James Olayemi, bagged six months’ imprisonment for unlawful disconnection of electricity supply to a customer’s house.
Chief Magistrate Tanko Muhammed of a Kogi State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lokoja, on Thursday, jailed Olayemi and ordered the immediate reconnection of electricity supply to Mr Dennis Osanwuta’s house.
Osanwuta, a retired top management employee of the National Inland Waterways Authority, had dragged Olayemi and the Regional Manager, AEDC, Lameed Obadaki, to court for the damage to his property and unlawful disconnection of electricity supply to his house even after the payment of N370,000 for February 2020.
The prosecution counsel, O. C. King, who was represented by Emeje Aruwa, said the case was brought 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.
He said, the defendants had on March 10, 2020, along with others still at large, “maliciously and unlawfully disconnected electricity supply to the electricity meter with account number 715718350 supplying electricity to the building being occupied by the complainant at No. 1 NIWA Quarters, Lokoja, Kogi State.”
He urged the court to take cognizance of Regulation 10(8) of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Connection and Disconnection Procedures of Electricity Services, 2007.
However, Ocheja urged the court to determine whether the prosecution had established a prima facie case against the defendants to warrant it to compel them to enter their defence.
Tanko sentenced Olayemi for acting contrary to sections 5 and 11 of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission Connection and Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services, 2007, an offence punishable under Section 94 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005.
“In view of the evidence before me, the complainant was not given such an opportunity; therefore, the first defendant is guilty as charged. I hereby sentence him to six months’ imprisonment with an option of N50,000 fine,” the chief magistrate added