PHCN Boss Arrested For Demanding N100,000 Bribe

A top official of the Power Holding Companies of Nigeria, PHCN,Omololu Olusesi Gabriel, has landed himself in trouble for demanding a bribe of N100,000 to install two transformers from  a customer of the power utility.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related OffencesCommission, ICPC, in a sting operation, arrested Gabriel, an engineer and principal manager, PHCN Abuja Distribution CompanyWuse Zone 4, following a petition filed against him.
The ICPC said the undisclosed petitioner had formally applied to purchase and install two transformers: a 100 KVA/33/0.415 KV and a 50 KVA/33/0.415 KV, and had filed his application through the manager at the said PHCN office.

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It alleged further that Omololu on receiving the application demanded a bribe of N100, 000 for the release of one of the transformers, and had subsequently taken the half payment of N50, 000 from the petitioner.

Infuriated by Omololu’s insistence on collecting the balance ofN50,000 as condition for releasing the second transformer, the petitioner then turned to ICPC which led to his arrest after he fell for the marked N50,000 balance.

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Omololu’s schedule of duties as a public officer, include among others: protection of PHCN installations, testing of electrical equipment and preparation of permission letter for release of transformers, none of which required him to demand a fee from customers.

The ICPC said the PHCN boss would be subsequently prosecuted for allegedly contravening section 8 and 10 of the ICPC Act 2000.

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It advised members of the public who may be faced with similar situation call the following numbers: 0803120280,  08031230281, 08031230282, 07056990190 and 07056990191 to get through to the anti graft agency.

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