Christian Ejike Anigbo, aged 31 has been arraigned by the Police before an Ikeja Magistrate Court and subsequently remanded at the Kirikiri Correctional facility for by-passing electric meter belonging to Ikeja Electric.
According to an eye witness, Christian Ejike Anigbo was arrested on 28th November, 2022 by law enforcement agents at No. 3, Balogun Street, Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, for meter by-pass and he was handed over to the police for prosecution. The Defendant was therefore arraigned on a three count charge of conspiracy with others now at large, to commit unlawful interference with Ikeja Electric’s property and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 411 and punishable under section 412 of Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
In addition, he was charged for unlawful reconnection of electricity by tampering with Ikeja Electric prepaid meter to by-pass same for the consumption of electricity and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 340 of Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015. Ejike was also charged for conducting himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by connecting electricity unlawfully in a public place and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 168 (d) of Criminal Law of Lagos State.
The Defendant pleaded not guilty to the three count charge and his Counsel applied for him to be granted bail on liberal terms. Bail was granted to the Defendant in the sum of N200,000, two sureties in the like sum, which sureties are to provide evidence of tax payment. The addresses of the sureties are also to be verified. The Defendant was remanded at the Kirikiri Correctional Facility pending the perfection of his bail conditions. The matter was adjourned to 19th January, 2023 for mention.
The Head Legal and Regulatory Compliance Barr. Osadare stated that one of the major challenges affecting the efficient service delivery of distribution companies (DisCo) is the high incidence of energy theft. He stated that energy theft is any act by a customer/consumer that hinders or limit the ability of a Disco to properly account or receive value for energy supplied. This include act of meter by-pass, meter shunting, free riding, hook-on/hook-off, illegal connection and reconnection, etc.
According to him, the negative impacts of energy theft on the value chain are so grave that it robs the value chain of the critical revenue required to effectively drive the power sector. The act should therefore be condemned and discouraged by well-meaning members of the society.
Osadare said further that apart from the fact that the law frowns at energy theft, it is morally wrong to take or use electricity that does not belong to you or that is meant for the entire community with the aim of avoiding payment or to dubiously pass on the payment responsibility to other innocent persons. The safety of lives and property also matter as tampering with meters and acts of illegal connections can lead to total blackout, explosion and even electrocution. It is therefore the collective responsibility of everyone in our communities to ensure that the provision of electricity services is not disrupted.
We will continue to work hard to ensure excellent customer experience by our esteemed customers, which speaks to our mantra “Customer first, technology now,” he said.
While advising customers to avoid any form of energy theft. He commended the traditional rulers, community leaders, influencer, youth leaders and security agencies for providing dependable support and for the role they play in protecting IE infrastructure against energy theft and vandalism.
He urged members of the public to report any form of energy theft, meter bypass, illegal connection and suspected person around electrical facilities through Ikeja Electric’s whistle blower hotlines 08008476337, 08000TIPOFFS
FG committed to implementing CNG Keke policy – NOA
The Director-General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Malam Lanre Isa-Onilu, on Friday restated the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Keke (tricycle) policy.
Isa-Onilu, who said this on Friday at a news conference in Abuja, said that the policy was part of government’s efforts to alleviate the current economic hardship facing the citizens.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a feasible gaseous fuel that is relatively very cheap, environmentally friendly, safe to handle and has abundant available energy.
The director-general added that the policy also geared towards cutting transportation cost, to ameliorate the suffering of citizens.
According to him, the CNG will offer opportunity to local farmers to move their crops at affordable cost from their farms to the market.
“CNG will reduce fuel dependency and scarcity within the country by a wide margin, as well as strengthen uniformity of national transit system.
“Government will deploy 10,000 CNG filling stations across the country, while private marketers are also in the process of adding CNG points to their business,” NOA boss said.
According to him, the Federal Government is committed in providing Nigerians with affordable energy options. The use of CNG stands as a testament to this commitment.
“CNG offers cost savings for consumers, businesses, and government operations in ensuring that energy remains accessible to all.
“As part of our environmental stewardship, the adoption of CNG aligns with the government’s goal to create a cleaner and healthier nation.
“By choosing CNG over traditional petrol, we reduce harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2) nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter, in contributing to improve air quality and smaller carbon footprint.”
The director-general said that government recognised the importance of utilising domestic resources to enhance energy security, by the promotion of the use of CNG, sourced locally.
This, he added, would reduce dependence on imported petroleum products, as well as supporting national economic resilience.
He restated the agency’s commitment in leveraging on the cost cutting benefits of this CNG Keke, to ensure that its community orientation mobilisation officers reach out to communities with government messages.
According to him, the agency has partnered with the Ecomead company to enlighten Nigerians on the Compressed Natural Gas(CNG) Keke tricycle policy.
Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, Ecomead Company, Mr Kayode Zubaim, commended NOA for embarking on government’s CNG campaign programme to ensure Nigerians were updated with the policy.
According to him, the provision of CNG is apt and will help to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians.
He added that the decision of President Bola Tinubu made Ecomead to wear a thinking cap, to contribute its quarter to the nation’s development.
“After carrying out series of research, we are able to come up with a brand that will use both CNG and patrol.
“But the truth is that it is manufactured to use CNG with the capacity of five kilogramme that rider can manage for minimum of one week.
“CNG is environmental friendly and such will help to reduce Nigerians problems, especially those in the rural communities and communities transport system.
“With NOA partnering with us, we can get across to all part of the country in making sure Nigerians know about CNG Keke ,” he said.
He added that the issue of transportation would drastically reduce with the intervention of CNG when Nigerians made use to the product .
Mr Shamrat Sharna, Regional Manager, Simba TVS, said CNG looked new to Nigeria, but the product has been used all over in India.
FCTA uncovers illegal refinery in Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has discovered the presence of an illegal oil refining warehouse in Mabushi, Abuja.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, who spoke to journalists said that the illegal refining site was uncovered during the continuation of the city cleaning exercise.
Galadima disclosed that about three to four plots of land designated for commercial purposes have been converted to an area where oil and diesel are being adulterated and circulated to other parts of the city.
He said that the city sanitation task force will look into the provision of the law and make necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration for further actions on the plots used for the activity.
He added that there was no arrest, but the items used in carrying out the illegal refining have been impounded.
“During the continuation of our city sanitation exercise in Mabushi opposite Mobile filling station on Ahmadu way, we discovered an illegal refining site where oil and diesel are being adulterated, we have done the needful by moving the items to Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
“From what we have seen so far, about three or four plots of land designated for commercial purposes have been converted to unapproved activities, which we believe the owners are fully aware of. There will be consequences. We are going to look at the provision of the law and make necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration,” he said.
Gas production declines despite FG’s N250bn intervention fund to 15 companies — Report
The Energy Institute report has revealed that the production of natural gas fell last year despite an N250 billion intervention fund provided to fifteen companies.
According to the industry report in partnership with KPMG, Nigeria’s natural gas production dropped by 4 billion cubic feet meters between 2021 and 2022.
The country’s gas production recorded at 39 billion cubic feet meters as of 2012 was on a steady growth and had grown to 49 billion cubic feet meters as of 2020, suddenly crashed 45 billion cubic meters in 2021, and then 40 billion cubic meters last year.
According to the report, “The development happened despite a N250 billion intervention fund by FG through the Central Bank of Nigeria, out of which N130 billion was doled out to 15 companies for the construction of Compressed Natural Gas conversion centres.
“The NGEP was introduced by the Federal Government to make the CNG the fuel of choice for transportation and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas, the fuel of choice for domestic cooking, captive power and small industrial complexes.”
After the flag off of NGEP, the CBN also introduced the N250 billion intervention facility to help stimulate investment in the gas value chain as part of its efforts at stimulating finance to critical sectors of the economy.
The fifteen companies – Dangote Oil Refinery, Nipco Gas Ltd, Nipco Plc, Hyde Energy Ltd, Lee Engineering and Construction Company, Pinnacle Oil and Gas FZE, Transit Gas Ltd, Amalgamated Oil Company Nig Ltd, First Modular Gas Systems Ltd, NOVAGAS Ltd, Greenville Liquefied Natural Gas Company, AP LPG Limited, and MOB Integrated Services Limited, Delta State Government, and Gas Nexus Ltd that received a combined N130 billion, would on Thursday face the Senate Committee on gas chaired by Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe.
The summon letter by the Senate said, “The invited companies are required to appear with their progress reports, stating location or projects and the current status of the projects.”
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