A 63-year-old man, Abiodun Adebowale, on Tuesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly disrupting a prepaid meter belonging to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).
Adebowale, a resident of No. 14, Awoni Murphy St., Ifako, Agege, a Lagos suburb, is charged with conspiracy, unlawful damage and unlawful interference with property.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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The Prosecutor, Insp. Olusegun Oke, alleged that Adebowale tampered and damaged the Intelligent Data Box (IDB) of IKEDC.
Oke told the court that the defendant committed the offences with others still at large on Jan. 14, at about 2 p.m., at his residence.
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He submitted that the defendant bypassed the prepaid meter installed in his premises and connected the light directly with intent to defraud the power distribution company.
The prosecutor said the alleged offences contravened Sections 339(2), 350 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
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The Magistrate, Mrs F.D. Hughes, admitted the defendant to N50, 000 bail with one surety in like sum.
Hughes said that the surety must be gainfully employed and have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The Magistrate adjourned the case until April 1, for mention.