AEDC Explains Why Abuja Will Experience ‘Partial’ Blackout

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A technical malfunction on the 33-kilovolt feeder in the Central Area of Abuja has resulted in a power outage for electricity consumers in certain parts of the city.

Naija News reports that the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) issued an official statement yesterday explaining the cause of the partial blackout.

The affected areas include Dakibiyu, Kado Estate, a portion of Life Camp, Efab Estate Life Camp, and the surrounding regions.

AEDC has assured that its technical team is diligently working to resolve the issue and restore the electricity supply to the affected areas.

“The Management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc, AEDC, wishes to notify its esteemed customers of a technical fault on a 33kV feeder at Central Area, Abuja.

“We regret any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience during this time,” the official statement reads.

The power company, however, said it has successfully restored electricity to Kapwa Village, Kapwa Ruga, Legislative Institute, Piwoyi Village, and Back of Dunamis in Abuja after a temporary power outage.

IBEDC Issues Strong Warning After Recording 1,459 Cases Of Energy Theft In Two Months

Meanwhile, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Plc has reported that it has detected and documented more than 1,459 instances of energy theft between January and February 2024.

Working in conjunction with the Federal Government Special Investigation and Prosecution Task Force on Electricity Offences (SIPTEO), the company said it initiated investigations and legal proceedings against individuals and businesses implicated in energy theft.

Naija News understands that the power company is actively enhancing its efforts to combat energy theft within its operational area. Ongoing investigations cover offences such as meter bypass and illegal meter tampering, which have resulted in substantial financial losses totalling hundreds of millions of naira for the company.

The Chief Key Accounts Officer of IBEDC, Johnson Tinuoye, recently highlighted that the rising number of cases led to the establishment of a strategic partnership with the Special Investigation and Prosecution Task Force on Electricity Offences, a government agency focused on expediting the investigation and prosecution of offenders within IBEDC’s jurisdiction.

He stressed that energy theft is now a criminal offence under the Electricity Act, punishable by severe penalties, including imprisonment.

Tinuoye noted that in the Osun region, two individuals were apprehended for engaging in the unlawful act of stealing energy through meter bypass and illegal connections.

He revealed that their cases have been officially charged to court for prosecution.

“We want to send a clear message to our customers that energy theft will not be tolerated. Our collaboration with the Federal Government Special Investigation and Prosecution Task Force on Electricity Offences underscores our commitment to ensuring a fair and just electricity distribution system.

“Energy theft not only undermines the integrity of our operations but also deprives IBEDC of the revenue necessary to provide quality services to our customers,” Tinuoye Was quoted as saying by The Nation.

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