The Federal Ministry of Justice has joined forces with the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) to establish a Special Investigation and Prosecution Task Force on Electricity Offences to address the surge in energy theft cases and vandalism of electrical assets that have led to significant revenue losses and investment challenges for power distribution companies in Plateau State.
Energy theft and vandalism of electrical assets have caused massive revenue leakages and investment losses for power distribution companies.
The Jos electricity distribution company is having a tough time dealing with the acts of energy theft and vandalism of electrical lines and materials.
The company’s revenue has been depleted by the illegal activities of perpetrators in recent times.
This event is the official inauguration of a joint task force between the federal Ministry of Justice and the JEDC to tackle all acts of energy theft in its area of operation.
Stakeholders and customers welcome the initiative and commitment to supporting the effort.
The security operatives, on their part, pledge to give maximum cooperation for the success of the mission.
Stealing electricity assets attracts a penalty of 14 years imprisonment, while obstruction of JEDC staff in the discharge of their duties attracts six years imprisonment or a N2 million fine.