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Three Arraigned in Kaduna for Energy Theft

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Three persons were last Friday arraigned before the Chief Magistrate Court 5, Barnawa, Kaduna by the police for electricity related offences.

The suspects were Kelvin Edet, Joseph Nnanji and one Nasiru who is still at large.

They were accused of conniving among themselves and engaging in energy meters’ tampering, bypass and other forms of energy theft.

Spokesman of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Mr Abdulazeez Abdullahi, stated in a statement that Kelvin Edet and Joseph Nnaji were slammed with three count charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and mischief, offences that are contrary to, and punishable under sections 97, 348 and 334 of the criminal code of Kaduna State.

The statement further revealed that two of the accused persons, Kelvin Edet and Joseph Nnanji, who were physically in court, pleaded not guilty to the offences and were granted bail by the Chief Magistrate, Mr Abdullahi Maigamo in the sum of N50,000 each.

As part of the bail conditions, they were also expected to produce one reliable surety who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and must present to the court a valid means of identification such an international passport, driver’s license or a national ID card and shall deposit his/her recent passport photograph.

The case has been adjourned to July 5, 2017 for further mention.

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