£101.5m: Ibori Likens Judge Tomlinson’s Order To NEPA’s Estimated Billing

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Former Delta state governor, Chief James Ibori has compared the ruling on the confiscation of 101.5 million pounds ($130 million) by Judge David Tomlinson to Estimated Billing by the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).

The judge while delivering the confiscation order at Southwark Crown Court, London, said Ibori should pay the sum immediately or face an eight-year jail sentence.

Ibori however alleged persecution on the part of the Judge and vowed to appeal the ruling in the highest courts in UK.

In a tweet on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, Ibori wrote “This Judge Tomlinson’s confiscation order against me can be likened to “NEPA’s Estimated Billing” in Nigeria. They know it’s inaccurate but they will issue it anyway and expect the customer to pay”.

Estimated bill means a bill for service at the premises that is not based on an actual meter reading for the period being billed but that is based on calculations of how much electricity a member used during the billing period. The bills are always outrageous and  many stakeholders either don’t pay or seek redress.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has admitted that billing customers by guesswork amounts to corruption but the practice still persists as many homes are unmetered.

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