ACC Indicts And Prosecutes EDSA Workers
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), has on Friday 30th October 2015 indicted and took to court two Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority employees in the High Court of the Southern City of Bo for allegedly soliciting an inducement and unlawfully abstracting electricity by connecting an electrical connection to an EDSA installed meter.
The first accused Emmanuel Showers is arraigned before Justice Edwards on one count of unlawfully causing an electricity distribution and supply authority (EDSA), meter to perform a function directly resulting in loss of Public revenue contrary to the ACC act of 2008.
The ACC Prosecuting team including Lawyer Nigel Brian Eugene Davies Esq. and Emmanuel K. Amara Esq. alleged that the accused being an employee of the National Power Authority (NPA), attached to EDSA in the southern city of Bo on a date unknown between the 1st January 2015 and 7th July 2015 Bo unlawfully by-passed an electricity meter at No:13 Momoh Street thereby causing it not to record a bill for consumed electricity resulting in a direct loss of Government resources.
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The ACC Prosecutions indicated the second accused Thailu Kallon of soliciting an advantage contrary to the 2008 ACC act.
According to the ACC Prosecutors the accused Thailu Kallon being an worker of NPA assigned to EDSA in Bo on the 7th July 2015 solicited an advantage without lawful consideration by collecting the sum of one million Leones from Ahmed Sheriff as inducement to prevent the accused from removing an illegally by-passed EDSA installed meter.
Both men denied having knowledge of the allegations levied against them by the commission by registering a plea of “NOT GUILTY” to the charges when it was read to them in court.
The lead ACC Prosecutor Lawyer Nigel Brian Eugene Davies Esq. disclosed that “A person who dishonestly causes electricity or uses without due authority, or dishonestly causes to be wasted or diverted, any electricity shall on conviction on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five (5) years”.
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Meanwhile, the men were granted bail and their matter was adjourned to the 24th November 2015.