6 Arrested

The Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) Scorpion Squad with officials of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) last Friday 20th March, 2020 stormed the Leocem Cement Factory at Cline Town, Freetown and arrested six officials on grounds of loss of revenue due to illegal electricity abstraction.

According to EDSA officials that went to inspect the facility with the support of ACC, there was a clear source of power supply on the ground that was not metered, adding that LEOCEM had been engaged in illegal electricity abstraction using the line in question.

EDSA estimates that it may have been losing billions of Leones to that facility alone. It is not known how long the illegal connection has been in place at LEOCEM.

The six LEOCEM officials were taken for questioning at the Commission’s Headquarters.

Two of the officials who assaulted the EDSA and ACC staff have been detained while the MD and others have been released on bail by the ACC and expected to appear at the Commission on Monday to continue answering questions. 

The PRO of the EDSA confirmed that this is the beginning of several raids to be carried out on large electricity consumers that are alleged to have been engaged in illegal abstraction of electricity leading to serious loss of revenue in the energy sector.

This raid follows the recent signing of an MOU between the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Ministry of Energy on 6th May 2020 in order to combat the perennial issue of corruption in electricity supply and electricity theft that has left that sector heavily subsidized by government.