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Ex-Staff of EEDC arrested for bypassing, tampering with meters for customers

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Last week, an ex-staff of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) has been arrested in Onitsha, Anambra State for bypassing and tampering with prepaid meters for EEDC customers.

The suspect identified as Lawrence Okeke, specialises in the replacement of original meter sensors with fake ones, thereby bypassing the meters and making them not record the actual consumption by customers. This development is said to have negatively impacted on the revenue of the distribution company.

The Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, made this known yestwerday, in Enugu.

Ezeh said that following a report by a whistle blower, the Meter Monitoring Team of the company was deployed to some locations on a routine meter monitoring inspection. At one of the customer’s premises visited at Bida Road, Onitsha, they discovered that the meter was bypassed, and the original meter sensor removed and replaced with the fake one.

While the team interrogated the customer who already admitted their findings, the customer gave out the identity and contact of the individual that performed the bypass as Lawrence Okeke, who happens to be an ex-staff of EEDC.

Immediately, Lawrence was tracked and arrested, and handed over to the Central Police Station, Onitsha, where he is currently assisting the Police in their investigation.

According to Ezeh, Lawrence Okeke who hails from Adogba Village in Awgu Local Government Area, Enugu State, was disengaged from EEDC in December 2020 for gross misconduct.

“The apprehension of the suspect by the team is a great breakthrough in the organisation’s fight against meter bypass and energy theft,” Ezeh said.

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