Daniel Sam Kanu, residing at No.29 Rawdon street (old Daily mail building 3rd floor) was over the weekend before Magistrate Steven Conteh off court No.1 to answer to one count charge; unlawful abstracting National Power Authority (NPA) without the correct procedures. He pleaded not guilty.
A witness Alhaji Kargbo, technician at the NPA attached to the technical audit department 2nd and 3rd floor, electricity house Siaka Stevens Street testified that on the 9th May at around 8:30am the technical team was about to go on duty when a colleague informed them about a practice that is taking place in the above resident.
Witness said they (technical team) and their chief monitoring officer Abdullai Sahr immediately left to the scene. Up on their arrival he testified, that they (technical team) discovered that there were two meters installed; pre-paid which was locked in the room of the accused and credit meter in the other apartment.
According to his testimony, I ask the customer for his last credit meter bill and to put on all his appliances that are connected to the meter. The customer did and all his appliances were measured through the credit meter.
He said after that customer, they (technical team) asked the accused to open his door so that they can check the pre-paid meter but the accused refused. The witness said he cautioned and threatened the accused to open the room, he refused and his wife did. “In our (technical team) examination of the pre-paid, we (technical team) noticed that it is not connected.”
The witness emphasized that the meter was totally off meaning that the meter stands as false inside the room but there was electricity all over the room with some appliances on.
The witness said he asked the accused if he is aware of what he has done. In his response the accused said “Bra na settlement ar guilty” The witness further testified that he told the accused that “this case is above me it is a state matter”.
At this point A. R. Mansaray, defense lawyer applied for bail stating that the accused will always be in court when needed. Bail was granted in the sum of Le 50 Million. The matter is adjourned to the 20th May for further hearing.
By Emmanuella Kallon