How Nigerian senior lawyer was caught in alleged energy theft

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Lucius Nwosu (SAN), has been fingered in an alleged energy theft.

The theft resulted from the nefarious activities of  one Oxygen Holiday Resort located at Akpajo by Eleme junction, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

According to information at our disposal the  resort owned and managed  by Lucius E.  Nwosu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria had bypassed its prepaid meter to connect directly to the power source, thereby consuming energy at no cost; a practice often believed to be common only among the very low classed in the society.

The energy theft, it was gathered came to the fore during a routine cash drive exercise to the vicinity of the resort by officials of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc in October 2020.

In the course of the visit, à mind bugging discovery to the effect that the energy theft was colossal having been perpetrated for a period of almost 30 months cumulatively by means of a prepaid meter bypass, direct connection and negative cost.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that aside owning and managing the Resort, the prepaid meter in question was also registered in the name of Lucius Nwosu, SAN.

On the heels of this startling discovery, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc, the Disco whose energy was being stolen, in compliance with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Order/Regulations on Unauthorized Access, Meter Tampering and bypass, 2017 made pursuant to the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005, disconnected the Resort  and placed a penalty charge of N6,773,935.90 on the account before reconnection could be made to the Resort.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that a court case had been officially instituted by the major culprit in the alleged energy theft saga, Lucius Nwosu, challenging the action of the PHED in an attempt to hoodwink and confuse the public on the real facts of the case while PHED is also calling for justice on the matter.

Meanwhile, attempts to reach Lucius Nwosu, to get his reactions has so far proved abortive as one Michael Archibong that responded via his office phone contact said he could neither reach him nor know how to reach him.

According to him, he only leased the property and has been the one managing it. He was also unwilling to release the number of the person from whom he leased the property.

The SAN, it was gathered, has also instituted several cases in different courts with a view to using the judiciary to stalling or frustrate the effort of the company at getting justice.

Some of the cases and their file numbers are

Suit No: NMC/73/2020 between Oxygen Holiday Resort Ltd vs. Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc at the Magistrate Court.

Lucius E. Nwosu, SAN again directed his juniors in chambers to file a couple other lawsuits . Those lawsuits include Suit Nos: NHC/65/CS/2020 between Oxygen Holiday Resort Ltd vs Canice Emeka Obi; NHC/64/CS/2020 between Oxygen Holiday Resort Ltd vs Mr. Ekom Udoumoh and NHC/63/CS/2020 between Oxygen Holiday Resort Ltd vs Mr. Moses Achi.

On the 21st of January, 2021, Lucius E. Nwosu, SAN in his own name filed yet another Suit No: PHC/113/CS/2021 between Oxygen Holiday Resort Ltd vs Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Plc & 2Ors.

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