The anti-theft crew of the Liberia Electricity Corporation LEC) over the weekend arrested several individuals in connection with theft of power. According to our correspondent, most of the arrest was made in the in the Paynesville community where power theft is on the increase.
A total of eight individuals are currently said to be undergoing investigation at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) for their alleged involvement in the thieving of electric power.
Our reporter named those arrested in the Joe Bar community as Bari Mammadou, Omaru Jalloh, Mohammed Jalloh and another person identified only as Jalloh. Others are Patience Jones and Sampson Gibson.
Power theft is an age-old problem affecting the smooth operations of the LEC which has lost several thousands of dollars in the process.
Campaigns to curb power theft by providing education to Liberians are proving unsuccessful.
Besides the arrest of the concerned individuals, the anti theft crew uncovered several structures said to be benefiting from stolen power in the GSA road, Paynesville Joe Bar and Jallah Town communities.
In these communities and other areas such as Bye-pass, people are said to be tapping on LEC lines illegally, while others are smartly bypassing meters and giving power to people at high cost at the detriment of the LEC.
On the GSA Road, according to our reporter, a direct tap was discovered around the Kissi Camp community from which over twenty (20) structures benefited.
In the Joe Bar community, the crew discovered wires buried underground coming from the main source and spreading to various parts of the community.
The Director of Security and Safety of LEC, Mr. Gerald F. Smith who spoke with our reporter described the situation as "damaging".
"We are not going to bow down in the fight against power theft; if you are caught, you will be prosecuted in keeping with the laws of Liberia," he said.
He also encouraged residents in the Joe Bar community to join LEC in the fight against power theft by exposing those he considered as current rogues.