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Court Jails Man for Vandalizing IE Assets

Thirty-year-old Ahmed Umar has been sentenced to six months in prison for vandalizing a transformer belonging to Ikeja Electric Plc.

Umar was sentenced by Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat of a Lagos Magistrates’ Court, Ogudu, after pleading guilty to a count of theft brought against him by the police. He was alleged to have stolen a copper wire valued N100,000 from a 500KVA transformer located at Olutunfese sub-station, by Demurin Street in Ketu, Alapere.

Prosecuting Inspector Chiechie Lucky said the defendant was arrested on April 7, adding that the offence was punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.

Having pleaded guilty to the charge, Magistrate Sule-Amzat sentenced the convict to six months in prison without an option of fine.

In a similar development, IE has sued a customer, Mrs Claret Iheanacho, a resident of Ajegunle, for bypassing her electricity meter and falsely accusing an IE employee of theft.

The IE Staff, Christian Ugwu had visited the residence of Mrs Iheanacho on October 13, 2016 to distribute bills when he discovered the bypass. He immediately took pictures and in line with company policy, escalated the matter. Mrs Iheanacho, who discovered that her crime was exposed then proceeded to falsely accuse Christian of stealing electrical cables and other equipment in the compound valued at over =N=400,000.

In the suit filed at Lagos High Court, Ikeja, IE is praying the court to award the sum of =N=5m in general damages against Iheanacho for defaming Ugwu and the Company. Further, IE is asking for an additional =N=1m in aggravated and exemplary damages and the sum of =N=500,000 being the amount of loss of revenue which IE incurred through Iheanacho’s illegal action.

Ikeja Electric has stepped up monitoring of her networks to ensure that energy theft is curbed. The Disco has also stepped up action against vandals and all cases of assault on her staff.

IE Unveils USSD Payment Channel

Ikeja Electric has announced that consumers of its services can now pay their bills or vend energy through Unstructured Supplement Service Code, USSD.

“For the sake of clarity, USSD is a protocol used by GSM based mobile phones to communicate with the network operator’s computer. It is widely used for a variety of purposes, such as prepaid call-back service, location-based content service, WAP browsing and so on. Additionally, it is also used as a part of configuring the user’s handheld on the network.

“Unlike the SMS, the USSD establishes a connection in real-time between the parties involved, thereby enabling a two-way communication of information as long as the connection remains open”, it stated.

According to a statement, the solution offers electricity consumers the greatest convenience, in the comfort of their homes and offices as they would be able to pay bills or vend energy tokens irrespective of the type of phones they use.

Banks that have for now partnered with the electricity company towards the successful implementation of the innovative service in the power sector are Diamond, Ecobank, Fidelity, Skye, Stanbic, Sterling, Union, Unity, Wema and Zenith.

The company explained that two major things are to be considered before consumers subscribe to the service.

It said they should first confirm that their Bank Verification Number (BVN) is tied to the phone number being used.

The company advised that any subscriber that is not sure of the authenticity of the detail of his or her BVN as at the time of making payment can alternatively dial *565*0# on the phone. It added that if “BVN” is displayed, the payer can go ahead with the transaction.

On the other hand, if otherwise, the payer will be required to engage his or her Bank to update the BVN record with the phone number.

In the same vein, the company advised  that the payer should confirm that the same number is tied to the customer’s account at the bank. It explained that the customer can know this by confirming if the same number is used to receive SMS alerts from the bank. If further advised that on the contrary, the payer will be required to engage his or her Bank to update bank record with the phone number.

As conveyed by the statement made available by the electricity distribution company, First time users and returning users can always subscribe to the service by dialing *565*6*0013Meter/Account Number*Amount#.

Upon the completion of the foregoing steps, the payee can go ahead and select “Prepaid” or “Postpaid” option, then proceed to select bank from list (if multiple accounts) and input date of birth in the form which will appear in the format of “ddmmyy” or the last digits of debit card (ATM card) as requested by the preferred bank.

It added that the next stage in the process would require the payer to create a passcode, after which the transaction would be processed and feedback status would also be provided to the payer through a Short Message Service (SMS) that would be sent to the payer to notify him or her that the payment has been acknowledged.

In a similar vein, the electricity distribution company made another option available to its customers, and that entails dialing *565*6#. Select Electricity, select IKEDC, Select prepaid or postpaid option, Input Meter/Account Number, select bank from list (if multiple banks), select account (if multiple accounts0 Input Passcode. It assured that upon the completion of the foregoing stages that transaction would be processes and feedback on status would be provided to the payer. Finally, an SMS transaction notification would be received.

IE Launches USSD Solution to Ease Payments

Ikeja Electric is pleased to announce that customers can now pay their bills or vend energy via USSD.

The solution offers you the greatest convenience as you can, in the comfort of your homes and offices, pay bills or vend energy tokens irrespective of the type of phones you use.

Participating Banks : Diamond, Ecobank, Fidelity, Skye, Stanbic, Sterling, Union, Unity, Wema, Zenith

HOW IT WORKS

2 Major things to consider before attempting transactions on the service
  • Ensure and confirm that BVN is tied to the phone number being used (if unsure, dial *565*0#); if BVN is displayed, go ahead with transactions. If otherwise, the payer will be required to engage his/her Bank to update the BVN record with the phone number.
  • Confirm that the same number is tied to the customer’s account at the bank (the customer can know this by confirming if the same number is used to receive SMS alerts from the bank). If otherwise, the payer will be required to engage his/her Bank to update Bank record with the phone number.
First Time Users Returning Users
  • Dial *565*6*0013*Meter/Account number*Amount#
  • Select Prepaid or Postpaid option
  • Select Bank from list (if multiple banks)
  • Select Account (if multiple accounts)
  • Input DoB in the form – ddmmyyyy OR Last 4 digits of debit (“ATM”) card as requested (depends on chosen Bank)
  • Create Passcode
  • Transaction is processed & feedback on status is provided to the payer
  • SMS transaction notification is received

OR

  • Dial *565*6#
  • Select Electricity
  • Select IKEDC
  • Select Prepaid or Postpaid option
  • Input Meter/Account Number
  • Select Bank from list (if multiple banks)
  • Select Account (if multiple accounts)
  • Input DoB in the form – ddmmyyyy OR Last 4 digits of debit (“ATM”) card as requested (depends on chosen Bank)
  • Create Passcode
  • Transaction is processed & feedback on status is provided to the payer
  • SMS transaction notification is received
  • Dial *565*6*0013*Meter/Account number*Amount#
  • Select Prepaid or Postpaid option
  • Select Bank from list (if multiple banks)
  • Select Account (if multiple accounts)
  • Input passcode
  • Transaction is processed & feedback on status is provided to the payer
  • SMS transaction notification is received

OR

  • Dial *565*6#
  • Select Electricity
  • Select IKEDC
  • Select Prepaid or Postpaid option
  • Input Meter/Account Number
  • Select Bank from list (if multiple banks)
  • Select Account (if multiple accounts)
  • Input Passcode
  • Transaction is processed & feedback on status is provided to the payer
  • SMS transaction notification is received

Smartcard customers are exempted from using USSD and online options to vend energy. They must visit an authorized Ikeja Electric POS agent close to them to vend.

Ikeja Electric Commences Routine Line Tracing Exercise

PRESS STATEMENT

Lagos, Nigeria: March 31, 2017: Ikeja Electric Plc, Nigeria’s largest electricity distribution company, has embarked on a routine line tracing exercise aimed at identifying areas within their network where power lines may have been compromised by vegetation.

Overhead power lines, which are normally uninsulated, often get compromised when interference occurs on them especially by vegetative growth. When these vegetation grow too close to power lines, ‘flashovers’ may occur, where electricity “jump” over a  distance to reach earth via the object.  These flashovers could cause fatal accidents to innocent passersby. (more…)

Monarch Commends Ikeja Electric

…Appeals to subjects to pay bills promptly

The Osolo of Isolo Kingdom, HRM Oba Kabiru Kolawole Agbabiaka, the traditional ruler of Isolo kingdom has commended Ikeja Electric and its staff for hard work and commitment to ensuring better service delivery across his kingdom. (more…)

Three Remanded In Prison For Assault On Ikeja Electric Staff

Three men were on Tuesday brought before an Ogudu Magistrate Court in Lagos State for assaulting staff of Ikeja Electric while performing their official duties. The accused persons are: Godfrey Endurance, 22; Ihonre Samson, 32; and Ayodeji Adeoye, 30, residents of Otunba Onakoya Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos.

The accused persons committed the offence on March 13 at 1-5, Otunba Onakoya Street, Mende, Maryland in Lagos State and the incident was reported at the Anthony Police Station on the same day. The staff were assaulted while carrying out their official duties.

The prosecutor said the offences committed were contrary to Sections 409, 166 (b) and 172 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011. The Magistrate, O. S. Amusat, granted the accused persons bail subject to the verification of their sureties’ addresses.
IE’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, stated that the accused persons were remanded in Ikoyi Prisons pending perfection of their bail conditions.

The matter was later adjourned to April 24 for mention.