NERC unveils stringent penalties for electricity offences under the Electricity Act  

Omono Okonkwo

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has laid out the specifics of various electricity-related offences and their respective penalties as outlined in the 2023 Electricity Act.

This information was disseminated by NERC through its official Twitter handle on Thursday, September 28. 

Recall that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu signed the 2023 Electricity Act into law in June 2023.

The Act was signed to resolve all challenges within the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry as well as promote competition among operators and increase the country’s electricity supply capacity.   

Here is a breakdown of the provided details by NERC: 

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Impersonation Offense 

Penalties: Fine of N300,000 or a prison term of at least 7 years, or both. null

Non-compliance by Licensee 

Penalties: Daily penalty not exceeding N20,000,000 for non-compliance with the Commission’s orders. 

Unauthorized Connection, Reconnection, or Meter Alteration 

Penalties: Jail term of not more than three years or fine not exceeding N500,000 with an additional fine of N10,000 for every continuing day of the offence. 

Physical Assault on Staff 

Penalties: Fine of up to N1,000,000 or imprisonment of up to 6 months, or both. 

Unauthorized Ownership or Engagement in Electricity Business 

Penalties: Fine of at least ten times the application and license fees for the contravened license, a jail term not exceeding 5 years, or both. Additionally, an order for permanent forfeiture of the undertaking to NERC. 

Intentionally Cutting off the Electric Supply Line 

Penalties: Fine of not less than N300,000. 

Aiding or Abetting an Offense 

Penalties: Vary based on the offence abetted. 

Acts of Non-compliance or Contravention 

Penalties: Jail term of not more than 3 months or a fine of N500,000 with an additional daily penalty of not more than N100,000 for a continuing offence. 

Damage to Electricity Supply Material 

Penalties: Fine of N300,000 and restoration of the damaged material or line. 

Receipt of Stolen Electrical Property 

Penalties: 14-year jail term or a fine of not more than three times the value of the stolen property or both jail term and fine. 

Theft of Electricity (Tapping, Unlawful Connection, Meter Tampering, Bypassing) 

Penalties: 3-year jail term or a fine or both. 

Destruction of Public Streetlights 

Penalties: Fine of up to N200,000. 

Non-compliance with Rules, Orders, Licenses, or Decisions 

Penalties: Fine of N500,000 or a 3-month jail term, with an additional penalty of N100,000 for every day the offence continues. 

False Declaration 

Penalties: Fine of not more than N100,000 or a jail term of not more than 6 months or both. 

Tampering with Electric Lines or Material 

Penalties: 3 to 5-year jail term or a fine of not less than N500,000 or both. 

Naira appreciates at forex markets

The naira strengthened marginally against the dollar at the official market to close at N755.27/$1 on Friday

ByAbdulkareem Mojeed

 September 30, 2023

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Naira gained slightly against the United States dollars at the official market on Friday, data posted on the FMDQ website where official rates are collated showed.

According to the data, the local currency closed at the spot market window at N755.27 per $1 on Friday. The rate implies a N20.04 or 2.6 per cent appreciation from N775.31 per $1 recorded in the previous session on Thursday.

The dollar experienced an intra-day high of N700.00 and slipped to a low of N799.90 on Friday before it eventually closed at N755.27, the data revealed.

Within the business period, forex turnover plummeted by 12 per cent ($127.82 million) as against $144.55 million posted in the previous market session on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the naira maintained stability at the parallel market on Friday, data posted on AbokiFX, a website that collates the parallel market rate in Lagos, showed.




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According to the data published, the naira was exchanged at the Black market segment on Friday at N1000 per dollar and sold at N1008 per $1 amidst scarcity and soaring demand for the greenback currency.

At the Abuja street market, currency dealers said they exchanged the dollar at N993.00 per $1 on Friday as against N997.00 it was exchanged for on Thursday.

“The government is not giving dollars, that is why the dollar is scarce,” a vendor at Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, who gave his name as Aliyu told PREMIUM TIMES in an interview Friday evening.

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Mr Aliyu said the dollar was scarce because people were buying the dollars and hoarding them, and that they will be brought out to resell when the currency appreciates.

“We are only recycling the dollar you are seeing in the market. No new dollar is in circulation as we speak,” the trader said.

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S.Africa to roll out vaginal rings to fight HIV scourge


A “revolutionary” vaginal ring to prevent HIV is soon to be rolled out in South Africa — which has the largest epidemic of the virus in the world, a global financing partnership said on Friday.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said three groups involved in the fight against AIDS in the country have, with its support, placed an initial order of 16,000 rings — that are expected to become available in the coming months.

“We are convinced that this new (pre-exposure prophylaxis) ring can have a revolutionary impact on HIV prevention,” said Global Fund executive director Peter Sands.

The silicone ring, which is worn constantly and replaced monthly, releases dapivirine, an antiretroviral drug.

The initial rollout will serve as a first step to increase access to treatment and make the rings readily available in a country where almost 8 million people live with HIV, according to the Global Fund.

Anti-retroviral drugs help contain the virus and prevent it from infecting others and have been key in curbing the spread of AIDS over the past couple of decades.

But pre-exposure prophylaxis usually entails taking a daily pill or receiving a monthly jab — methods that do not suit everyone, AIDS charities say.

Some might struggle to remember to take their pills or prefer something more discreet given the HIV-related stigma, says the Global Fund, which brings together governments, multilateral agencies, private and civil society groups.

“Women need access to a range of safe and effective options to choose from, including the dapivirine ring, so they can decide to use what works best for them,” said Ntombenhle Mkhize, CEO of the AIDS Foundation of South Africa.

HIV has a long and tragic history in South Africa.

Through a tragic combination of cost and political denial, life-saving drugs that came onstream at the end of the 1990s were not available to poor South Africans and several hundred thousand AIDS-sufferers died, according to one estimate.

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Today, fatalities have plummeted but new infections are still high.

Recent studies have shown that the ring, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, is safe, easy to wear and significantly reduces the risk of infection.

This year, women and girls have accounted for 53 percent of all HIV infections globally, according to UNAIDS.

Women are disproportionately affected by HIV in South Africa, accounting for 64 percent of the 7.4 million adults living with the virus in the country.null

.”We hope that many more countries will follow South Africa’s move,” said Sands.

The ring has been approved and subjected to implementation studies in a number of countries across the continent, including Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Minister Makes Appointments Into Non-Existent Entities

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Beta Edu, has made fresh appointments into non-existent entities and defunct World Bank- supported projects, findings…

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Beta Edu, has made fresh appointments into non-existent entities and defunct World Bank- supported projects, findings by Daily Trust Saturday have shown.

Edu had on Monday via a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Rasheed Zubair, announced the appointment of 13 persons to head different entities and programmes under her ministry.

5 Google Analytics Reports Every PPC Marketer Needs To Know About

Supercharge your PPC campaign performance with GA4 reports that provide meaningful trends over time.

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5 Google Analytics Reports Every PPC Marketer Needs To Know About

Like it or not, the Google Analytics 4 migration deadline has come and gone.

For someone who’s used Google Universal Analytics for the past 10 years, dealing with this change has been tough.

The previous platform provided easy-to-use reports at marketers’ fingertips in an instant.

It’s easy to have a love/hate relationship with Google Analytics reports right now.

As marketers, we have limited time in our work days.

As a result, targeted PPC keywords are more loosely managed as Google tries to master user intent.

Because of this, understanding the behavior of our target audiences is crucial for success.

The Interests segment report shows exactly that.

In the previous Universal Analytics interface, this report was called the “In-Market Segments” report.

While it’s a bit harder to find, the Interests report can be found in Google Analytics 4.

To find this report, navigate to Reports > User > Demographic details.

The report defaults to showing data by country. To view the Interest report, click the down arrow by Country and select Interests.

Navigate to the user demographics section in GA4.

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This report shows the types of Interest segments (for Google Ads) of users who have purchased on your website.

Interest segment report in GA4 sorted by revenue.

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The key features of this report allow you to:

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EFCC arraigns oil marketer for alleged N4.4bn fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday, arraigned an oil marketer, Florence Onojame, for alleged N4.4bn fraud.

Onojame, alongside her company, Emee Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited, was arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

The three counts filed against her and her company bordered on conspiracy and fraud.

EFCC’s prosecution counsel, Fatai Mohammed, told the court that the oil marketer allegedly conspired with others at large to defraud Access Bank Plc of the sum of N4,380,100,000,

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You Cannot Deliver Tinubu In 2027, Kwankwaso Slams Ganduje

The national leader of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and its presidential candidate in the last February elections, Senator Rabiu  Kwankwaso, has slammed his political…

Rabiu Kwankwaso

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The national leader of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and its presidential candidate in the last February elections, Senator Rabiu  Kwankwaso, has slammed his political opponent, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, saying he was liability to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and cannot win election for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2027.

A statement by the NNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yakubu Shendam, was reacting to the remarks credited to the chairman of the ruling party, Ganduje, calling Kwankwaso a serial loser on Wednesday.

“Take it or leave it, Ganduje is a liability to Tinubu, a liability to his party APC and a liability to the country, and I can bet that with Ganduje as the National Chairman,  President Bola Tinubu is going to lose the 2027 presidential election because Nigerians will not vote for him,” Shendam said.

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He added, “Tinubu will regret allowing Nigerians to see him through the face of Ganduje, for working closely with a treacherous character.

“Let me remind Ganduje that after losing governorship primary, Sen. Kwankwaso picked him as his running mate in 2003, SA to minister of Defense, ES Chad Basin Development Commission and there in, he was picked again as his running mate. When Kwankwaso successfully ended his second term, he graciously picked him and handed over to him in 2015, yet, he betrayed him and today, no governor trusts his deputy governor to become governor but this we believe will be his last election he will ever contest and win.”

The statement further indicated that Ganduje has never won election in his entire life except the one Kwankwaso delivered for him as governor in 2015 on a platter of gold.

“Every Nigerian knows the story behind the only election he claimed to have won in 2019. It was yet, another election he lost woefully,” the statement added.

Kwankwaso, who is the former governor of Kano State, disclosed that he has contested election 17 times and won 14 out of those times.

 The national leader of the NNPP also raised the alarm over what he described as attempt by the Ganduje-led ruling APC to thwart the wishes of the people of Kano State.

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How horror movie The Wicker Man leaves a family in tatters

How horror movie The Wicker Man leaves a family in tatters

Five years after his father died, Justin Hardy received six sacks of documents that had sat in the loft of his old family home in the Midlands for 50 years.

Among them were scripts, photos, storyboards and personal letters all relating to one film: The Wicker Man.

Although a dud when it first came out in 1973, the move has since gained cult status, with Empire Magazine even calling it ‘the Best British horror film ever made’. A recent re-release of the movie won five-star reviews.

The film was the directorial debut of Justin’s father Robin Hardy, which he bluntly says “f***ed up my family.”

Set on a fictional Scottish island, the story tells of a devoutly Christian police officer (Edward Woodward), who, investigating the disappearance of a local girl, is shocked to discover a town of dancing pagans led by charismatic cult leader Lord Summerisle (played by horror movie icon Christopher Lee).

One of the pagans Willow MacGregor (Britt Ekland) attempts to seduce the officer, who has unknowingly been lured to the island for a sacrificial ceremony. 

From phallic sweets and child torture, to eerily beautiful scenery and a movie ending that still shocks to the core – it was a film made to unsettle the audience from the off.

However British Lion, the studio which had bankrolled it, hated the finished product.

They dismissed it as one of the worst movies in history and refused to promote it. In the months after it was released, Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings, Dracula, Star Wars), who played Lord Summerisle, called critics on the phone, begging them to come to a screening, even offering to pay for their tickets.

It was a flop. But then it wasn’t.

Now, fifty years on, Justin and his brother Dominic Hardy, are taking another look at why the film initially bombed only to end up being revered by movie buffs – and also give insight through their documentary Wickermania!, into the chaotic, heartbreaking impact it had on their family.  

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Prior to his infamous movie, Robin had already forged a successful career in advertising, Justin tells Metro. They lived in ‘a very nice house’ in Belgravia with his wife Caroline, Justin and his sister Arabella.

However, after the film’s catastrophic reception, Caroline, who had invested all her money in it, was saddled with the debts while Robin packed his suitcase and left for the US in 1974. It was reported that the director was forced to sleep on a bench in Central Park on his arrival in New York. 

Before he left, Robin came to see his son at school to say goodbye, telling Justin he was leaving and giving him a Saint Christopher, wishing him protection in his travels.

“That was rather dramatic,” remembers Justin, who now works as a historian and filmmaker. “Then he was off and that was that.”

With no alternative and no money, Caroline had to sell the London house and move the family the midlands. For the next four years, Justin assumed his dad was dead.

“My mother was trying to get some response from him, and eventually had to divorce him on the grounds of not having heard from him” he explains. 

“My sister had to change her name from Arabella to Joanna in order to be able to survive a Banbury comprehensive. It was a pretty big, pretty seismic, social change. All these years I have had people saying to me: “God. You’re so lucky. Your dad made The Wicker Man.” But that’s not quite how I see it.

“It was a very sad time. Because, apart from everything else, I’m going: “Well, where’s Dad? Are we going to see him tomorrow? Are we going to see him next week?” And my mother said, “I have no idea. I don’t know where he is. I don’t know how to reach him.”

“I guess it wasn’t a particularly happy childhood view of your dad, adds Justin, who lives in Oxfordshire. ‘It felt like “Where’s the protection? You’ve left my mother with all this?” And she got very ill. She did effectively turn to the bottle and died of liver cirrhosis. The f***-up of this film led to to a downward spiral for the Hardys.”

Five years after he vanished, Robin returned to the UK, flying over to watch his son act in a play, clutching an article about how well the film was doing in San Francisco. 

Justin remembers: ‘I’m not even sure he gave me any notice that he was coming. He was like that. And so at the end of it, I was having my makeup taken off and this man appeared and said, “Hello. I’m your father.” I thought – I was rather glad he didn’t tell me before I went onstage.”

Was Justin pleased to see him? Did he forgive him for deserting him? ‘The psychological truth is that you would have thought a child would say” “Hey, I’m not talking to you. Where have you been all this time?But the reality is, you don’t do that.”

He says. “It’s like you have a second opportunity to meet your dad. And all you want to do is please your dad so he doesn’t go away again. So he didn’t get any pushback from me for a number of years.”

Justin learned that the movie had received a better reception across universities and American film festivals, and people began to see the movie in a new light.

Soon, it was revived as a cult classic – but the damage it had already done to Robin’s family was  irreparable.

“I had to grow up with my sister with a very, very bitter and disappointed, quite heavily-drinking mother,” remembers Justin. “When she died in 1984 in some ways, it was a sort of merciful ending to what had been a sort of horrible endurance.”

Robin eventually had eight children by six different women. As Justin explains, “He had form for having a child, being married to a bit of an heiress, the money starts to run out and he moves on.”

One of these children was Dominic Hardy, who didn’t properly get to know his dad until 1969 when his mum took him to the UK from their home in Canada. 

In the subsequent years, Dominic would fly as an unaccompanied child and spend three to six weeks with Robin and his siblings at summertime or at Christmas.

Dominic, a professor of art history in Montreal, remembers, “I discovered this whole family. Justin and Arabella were the youngest at the time. The summer of 1970, when seven of us were all together for the one and only time, was a mythical time for me. It had such an impact on me. I think the others felt the same way. We really sought each other out in adulthood and made up for lost years.”

Dominic’s memory of Robin was that he was a “flamboyant, charming and in many ways, admirable person. And absolutely fascinating.” 

He didn’t meet him for the first time until he was six years old, his first memory of being taken on a day trip to a planetarium, the park and being bought a train set, the pair of them together on the floor of his bedroom setting up the tracks.

“That was the only memory I had of seeing him with my mum,’ says Dominic. ‘I had a lot of admiration for him and a lot of emulation. But I’m also worried. because just before I was 11 he suffered a heart attack, which nearly killed him.”

Justin adds, “That was a big moment in our family’s history. We all thought he was going to die. He started writing letters to us all. You’re not supposed to be able to make a film if you’ve had a heart attack because you can’t get insured.”

Robin was just 41 at the time, and lucky to survive to finish the film.

Dominic was mesmerised by the screening when the movie first came out. 

Just 12 years old, he was shocked by its ending and stunned by the sexualised scenes. 

Fifty years later, he has seen the film with fresh eyes, thanks to the discovery of endless paperwork left in boxes in that midlands attic. When Hardy’s house was sold, the documents remained – until lockdown, when the buyer approached Justin to return them.

Robin had died in 2016 and when Justin was offered the documents five years later, he rejected them, asking – why dredge up the past? However, following counsel from others, he eventually accepted the boxes and spent time looking through them with Dominic who flew over to the UK from Canada to help.

Their findings have since inspired the pair to make a documentary. “We want to tell the story of the making of ‘The Wicker Man’ from within, from what these documents tell us,’ explains Dominic.’It’s a unique perspective.”

Justin adds, “It was a treasure trove and it took a long time to go through. It was extraordinary to see the letters from Christopher Lee saying, “I think I may have found this project.” From Shaffer saying, “I want to support you to direct your first film.” There’s an extraordinary amount of written material that pertains to every stage of the making of an independent movie.”

However, it’s been a difficult discovery.

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