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Electricity Theft: Court adjourns case against Abuja property developer



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The electricity theft case filed by the Federal Government against an Abuja Property Developer, Mr Cecil Osakwe has been adjourned until April 15.

The case, filed before Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court, Abuja was slated for hearing on Thursday, however, it didn’t go on as the court did not sit.

Counsel in the matter, after agreeing, picked April 15 for continuation of trial in the case.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that the Federal Government dragged  Osakwe to court over alleged N11 million electricity theft.

In the charge, Osakwe was said to have tampered with electricity metres, resulting in the loss of N11 million in revenue to the government, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(10) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act.

Osakwe was said to have been caught by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company officials, (AEDC) for allegedly stealing electricity at various properties including his residence.

The defendant, however, challenged the legality of the task force that investigated the process leading to his arraignment.

He claimed that the said task force was unknown to the law.

He drew the court’s attention to a pending suit challenging the panel that carried out the investigation.


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