Residents of Ado-Odo Ota, Ifo and Ewekoro local government areas of Ogun State have accused the Ibadan Electric Distribution Company (IBEDC) of extortion and using soldiers to harass them for payment of estimated electricity bills.
Following constant extortions and harassments, the residents with and some trade unions have dragged the distribution company to court over what they described as injustice.
Championing the cause of the residents, a human rights group, Balance Measure Impact Initiative (BMII), filed a case on behalf of the residents and listed the Nigerian Army as respondents.
The President of the group, Engr. Adedayo Komolafe said that Ibadan Distribution Company had been extorting money from the residents and also using soldiers to harass them in order to collect money for electricity not used.
“They supply electricity worth N100 and bring outrageous bill of N10,000. This has been their practice as they keep giving estimated electricity bills,” he said.
The State Chairman of the group, Otunba Lukman Odewole, said it is appalling that despite the distribution company’s failure to supply consumers with free prepaid meters, the disco has resorted to violence against the consumers.
“Communities in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area have recorded the highest number of this inhuman treatment.
“Normally, the electricity bill we pay covers expenses for pole, meters and transformers, we don’t know why the distribution company is now charging us for prepaid meters separately,” he said.
The District Coordinator of the three local governments, Mr M. O. Adeyemi said that the people of the local governments were frustrated as several letters written to the distribution company for the provision of prepaid meters fell on deaf ears.
The Zonal Chairman, Comrade Taiwo Ismail said that it’s time to challenge the distribution company on its estimated billings and other acts of modern slavery.
A representative of the National Union of Tailoring, Comrade Toyin Babajıde said that tailors in the local governments were suffering as they cannot pay for the electricity which they didn’t consume.
Mr Olusola Sufian, a representative of the welders association also condemned the activities of the distribution company. He accused them of using soldiers to forcefully disconnect their lines from the transformer.
The case has been adjourned to January 30, 2018 following the absence of the respondents.
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