Senate c’ttee okays 10-year-jail term for theft of electricity cable, others

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By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—SENATE Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy has recommended a jail term of 10 years, without an option of fine, if found guilty to have conspired, counselled or accepted to procure or to hold in custody, stolen parts, components or pieces of a public power equipment.

According to the committee, which is chaired by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South), the power equipment include electric cable, transformer, high tension wire, power console, electrical insulators, among others.

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The committee also recommended that any person who wilfully and unlawfully destroys, damages or removes any electricity distribution lines or anything connected therewith, or otherwise prevents or obstructs the distribution of electricity through the distribution, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of N5 million or imprisonment for a term of at least five years or both.

The Power Committee also recommended a term of seven years…



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