Nigerian Indicted for Power Theft to Appear in Court

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A  Nigerian national accused of duping the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) of US$350,000 through illegal connection to the corporation’s power grid will shortly appear before Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia to face multiple charges that include economic sabotage.

The court is yet to set a date for David Lee’s appearance, but information gathered by the Daily Observer established that since Lee’s arrest on October 17, 2018, he has been at the Monrovia Central Prison waiting his day in court.

Prosecutors have already indicted defendant David Lee who is accused of having collected US$40 per house as a current bill from several houses on Center and Benson Streets in Monrovia for the last four years (2015-2018) without the knowledge and approval of the LEC management, amounting to US$350,000.

Other charges that Lee is expected to face include theft of property, fraud on internal service of Liberia and criminal trespass.

The prosecutors’ decision to indict Lee, who was arrested on October 17, 2018, came shortly after President George Weah, during his annual message to the 54th National Legislature narrated that  “Statistics showed that 10% of power theft costs the Liberia Electricity Corporation $8 million United States dollars.”

“Today, because of the increase in illegal connections, the LEC is losing in excess of $35 million United States dollars per year to electricity theft,” the president noted. “Power Theft is illegal and sabotages the economy and we are going to provide the Ministry of Justice with additional funding to work in coordination with the Judiciary to fast track power-theft cases.”

President Weah said, “revenue collected accounts for about 40% of generated load, while power theft accounts for about 49% and technical losses account for 12%. There has not been a change in tariff and that may not change until the problem of power theft is addressed through policy reform.”

The indictment also alleged that Lee is not an employee of the corporation, but, since he is an electrician he started to contact community dwellers to carry out his illegal connections. He was arrested on October 17, 2018, while on one of the LEC’s light poles connecting homes.

“By virtue of this act, and knowing that he was not an employee and was not authorized by the LEC management to carry on such connection, he did criminally defraud the government of its revenue,” the court record alleged.

6 COMMENTS

  1. NIGERIANS HAVE NEVER BEEN MY FAN. THEY WERE BORN AS THIEVES. WHY WILL A NIGERIAN NATIONALS STEAL POWER AND LIBERIAN SIT THERE AND PURCHASE POWER FROM THIS MAN. THE NIGERIAN AND ALL OF THOSE LIBERIANS WHO TOOK CURRENT FROM THIS MAN WITHOUT BLOWING WHISTLE ON HIM SHOULD BE PROSECUTED

  2. Nigerians spilled their blood in Liberia during the civil war to give you the opportunity to talk trash about them.What an ungrateful jackass. Do you really believe all Nigerians are criminals?

  3. No, not all Nigerians are thieves. There are Nigerians in and out of their country who are very brilliant, honest and dependable. My primary doctor is a good Nigerian. But yes, a good number of Nigerians tend to take or use things that they did not acquire legally. That’s blatant theft. The problem is that there are approximately 180 to 200 million Nigerians. Given that number, it’s highly unlikely that all of them could be considered as thieves or saints

    Every country has its kind. There are fat thieves in Liberia. There sre also slender-build thieves in Liberia. Finally, there are tall and short thieves in Liberia. A Liberian cleric I knew for many years, stole his church’s money in order to build a house. It’s the truth.

    Elijah Bernard has got to modify his free speech!

    First of all, the fact that Nigerians died in Liberia during the bloody uncivil war does not mean that Nigerians are free to steal in Liberia.

    Secondly, WSD is not a jackass. WSD is entitled to free speech. But realistically, WSD and Bernard are good Liberians.

    It’s good for us as Liberians to agree and disagree sometimes. It really doesn’t do us any good to disparage, insult or marginalize a fellow Liberian just because there is a difference of opinion.

    C’on. Let’s move on.

  4. Blame the unpatriotic Liberians. No Liberian will reside in Nigeria, and sell illegal electricity to Nigerians.
    Some Liberians are just no good, and because of their uselessness, the country will continue to suffer.
    Where in Nigeria will you find a Nigerian paying a Liberian $40USD a month for anything?
    This is very sad.
    Those, who were engaged in the act, should also be prosecuted. It will be unfair, to just prosecute one out of the bunch. Let the seller and buyers face Justice.

    • Correctly put Isaac, some Liberians are just too stupid. Why paid $40 USD a month for illegal current when you can paid same amount for legal current and help support LEC in the long run?? Liberian people love stealing so much, they sometimes forget they are stealing from themselves.

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