IVORY COAST: 3 Illegal Electricity Suppliers Arrested

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Apprehended for illegal traffic of electricity, Yelenga Mathieu, Doumbia Sedjiney said Cheick and Gomet Maurici dit Rfi are detained respectively in House of arrest and correction of Abidjan (MACA), with the brigade of gendarmerie of Port Bouët and that of Yopougon Red roof.

According to the spokesman of the Consumers Council of the District of Abidjan (CCDA), Jean-Delmas Blé who conducts an awareness tour on the electricity code in the district, these three individuals are prosecuted for illegal traffic and sale of ‘electricity.

The dismantling operation of the electricity fraud networks led by Sékongo Tannignigui, Regional Director Abidjan Nord of the Ivorian Electricity Company (CIE), accompanied by his employees in the division, helped to get hold of Yelenga Mathieu, a reseller of electricity for 5 years in Petit Bassam, in the town of Port Bouët. He was arrested on December 1, 2017. his customers pay him monthly between 5000 and 47 000 F CFA, for their electricity consumption.

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Doumbia Sedjiney, which has about 3000 people in its customer portfolio, was also put under lock and key. His clients pay him between 3000 F CFA and 20 000 F CFA per month. It carries out its illicit activities on the express way Bassam-Abidjan by going from the flagship district to the district Aladjan in the commune of Port-Bouet.

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Arrested on December 9, Gomet Maurici charged between 15,000 and 32,000 CFA francs a month to its 3022 customers. He was referred on Monday to the Abidjan prosecutor’s office. While the customers of these traffickers complain about not having quality electricity, Jean-Delmas Blé encouraged them to register legally by subscribing to prepaid meters to avoid problems.

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The CCDA awareness tour, which began on December 1, will end on March 30, 2018. The CCDA, to carry out its outreach mission, wants the support of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Sustainable Development, Tanoh Thierry, the Director General of the CIE, Kacou Dominique, the Director General of the Energy Company of Côte d’Ivoire, CI-ENERGIES Amidou TRAORE and that of the Director General of the Authority National Regulation of the Electricity Sector (Anaré) Hippolyte EBAGNITCHIE.

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