The Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) Plc has expressed concern over the vandalism of its meters and other facilities in Plateau and Bauchi states, warning that the culprits will be severely dealt with, ThisDay reports.
The Disco has however disclosed that it has installed 22,000 smart meters out of 50,000 recently procured. Addressing journalists in Jos, the Managing Director of JEDC, Alhaji Mohammed Modibbo warned that if the heinous crime continues unabated, the company will find it difficult to efficiently provide electricity supply to its teeming consumers.
Modibbo, who vowed to engage security operatives to deal with the criminals, said the unpatriotic consumers living in Low cost area of Jos and some parts of Bauchi have wreaked untold havoc on its facilities in those areas, and have also devised ways of bypassing metering.
While vowing to sustain prosecution of criminal elements who are bent on sabotaging the efforts of the company, Modibbo said legal actions are being instituted against some defaulters’ of bill payment and consumers that bypass meters. He added that 168 culprits in Bauchi are currently wallowing in jail over the offence.