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Businessman arrested for connecting his 21 fridges to the streetlight generator in Borno State.

Dabarju Anarju, a Maiduguri businessman, was arrested for illegally tapping power from an electricity installation meant to power streetlights for use in his ice shop.

He was accused of using the streetlight supply to power heavy duty equipment in his NUJ, New GRA shop, which sold cold drinks, ice blocks, and other provisions.

He was also accused of illegally encroaching on a public road by illegally extending the space of his shop into unauthorized territory.

For this, he was arrested by Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps personnel, and his shop was later closed by the Borno Geographic Information System on Tuesday, June 21.

According to Engr. Adam B. Bababe, executive secretary of BOGIS, the demolition occurred as a result of the man’s failure to comply with several notices served on him in accordance with the laws establishing the agency.

He stated that the shop owner was reported to NSCDC and BOGIS by members of the community.

Fridges connected to Streetlight Generator

According to the executive secretary, the shop had been marked for demolition in January for illegal expansion into the road.

Following an investigation, it was discovered that the extension was part of a ruse to use the streetlights’ power supply to run his private business, which has been in operation for two years.

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It was unclear how long this had been going on, but the man was also accused of bribing “some people” to cover up the wrongdoing. According to reports, 21 refrigerators were spotted in the shop. Six of them were linked to the power supply via underground cables and connected to the streetlight power. According to a source, the streetlight operator in charge of the area became suspicious of the shop on Tuesday and inquired about the source of power used to power the fridges because there was no sound of a generator.

To confirm, the operator decided to turn off the generator that powered the streetlights, which caused the shop to go dark. As a result, the NSCDC was notified, and the man was arrested.

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