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Prepaid Meter: Salawu Olamide Kabiru Conspires To Defraud Ikeja Electric’s Customer

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As the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) works tirelessly to ensure that every house is metered across Nigeria, there are some unscrupulous fraudsters who are bent on sabotaging government efforts.

Prepaid meters have not been installed in some houses, not because the occupants or owners of such houses have not paid for the meters but because they were unfortunate to repose their trust in people they know who assured them of linking them with someone that does the work which later turned out to be a conspiracy.

Their modus operandi is laced with deceits and excuses to while away the time. Findings revealed that these fraudsters do this to people who want to get a new prepaid meter for the first time and those who want to replace their spoiled prepaid meter.

On Monday, November 27, 2017, an Ikeja Electric customer (name withheld) transferred N70,500 into the Skye bank account of Mr Shina Samuel Olaleye, his electrician, who told him that he has someone called Salawu Olamide Kabiru who works for Ikeja Electric Plc at Igbogbo Ikorodu office that can help him get a prepaid meter which costs N70,000 to replace his spoiled prepaid meter within just 2 weeks.

Till now, Mr Shine and Mr Kabiru, who obviously conspired to defraud
an Ikeja Electric’s customer, have not gotten the prepaid meter installed since over a year ago that the payment was made. An investigation also revealed that no prepaid meter was processed not to talk of getting it installed for the victim.

In addition, we gathered that Mr Shina, the electrician, is also a specialist in doing a direct connection (illegal connection) to bypass prepaid meter, most especially around Iju-Ishaga area, in Ifako Ijaye LGA of Lagos State. This same electrician was responsible for the illegal connection discovered by Ikeja Electric officials from Jankara, a few days to last year Christmas at house number 6b, Omoniyi Street, Adjacent to Adesina Street, Off Balogun Road, Iju-Ishaga, Ifako Ijaye LGA, Lagos.

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