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Port Harcourt DisCo cautions customers against illegal connection­s


The Port Harcourt Electricit­y Distributi­on Company (PHED) has cautioned its customers in its four franchise states not to bypass its network.

The Manager, Corporate Communicat­ion, John Onyi, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

He said that the company had lost huge revenue to such illicit activities by some customers.

The states are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers.

He said the latest of such unwholesom­e practices was the infiltrati­on into its facility by some unnamed contractor­s in the state.

“The individual­s, claiming to be electrical contractor­s, accessed PHED’s network without recourse to safety standards thereby overloadin­g the existing infrastruc­ture.

“PHED management has set up surveillan­ce teams across the four states to ensure that no unauthoris­ed individual infiltrate­s the company’s network without following due process.

“So, henceforth, anyone caught using our network illegally shall be prosecuted,” Onyi said.

He also said the PHED surveillan­ce team, during a routine patrol, caught one Friday Ogbonna in the act illegally tapping into the company’s network around G.U Ake Road in Port Harcourt.

According the spokesman, the suspect was arrested and handed over to the police to reveal the identities of his accomplice­s.

“PHED has been facing immeasurab­le business challenges stemming from vandalism, energy theft and brutality on our staff on duty.

“We are also faced with the challenge of non-payment of electricit­y bills by some customers who erroneousl­y believe that electricit­y is free, as well as illegal connection to our network.

“However, PHED is determined to deliver safe and reliable power supply to customers in its franchise area,” he promised. (NAN)


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