The Management of Kaduna Electric has expressed concern over the increasing cases of energy theft in its franchise area.
It has also lamented the level of destruction of smart meters currently being installed by the Company and has resolved to prosecute anybody caught perpetrating the illegal act.
The Head, Energy metering and new connection of the Company, Engr. Aliyu Abbas Abdullahi made this known during a press briefing in Kaduna, revealing that investigations carried-out by the Company showed that some unscrupulous elements were damaging the board and circuitry of the meters.
He disclosed that the energy theft were done both externally by bye-passing the new meters internally and by compromising or damaging the relays, vowing to leave no stone unturned in fighting those behind it.
According to him, the company would fish out anybody perpetrating or aiding the perpetration of the unwholesome act of energy theft either through meter bye-pass or through illegal connections and reconnections.
He debunked claims that the smart meters being deployed by the Company had viruses and urged customers to disregard the peddlers of such false and unfounded information.
Engr. Abdullahi explained that the Company had installed over 11,000 smart pre-paid energy meters in Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto States since the inception of the mass meters deployment programme two months ago.
He assured that plans were on top gear to commence the exercise in Zamfara State, the last in the franchise area of the company.