Ejigbo DPO locks up two over electricity bill
BUT for the timely intervention of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Lagos State Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, a journalist would have been detained at the Ejigbo police station over alleged non-payment of electricity bill.
The said journalist was, however, detained alongside a co-tenant for close to 30 minutes.
The duo had on Tuesday afternoon been invited to the station for a peace meeting and amicable settlement of some disagreement between them and their landlady, Mrs. Modupe Odumosu.
The electricity bills had mounted when about two years ago, four meters were stolen from the premises located at Ilamoshe Estate in Oke-Afa. Immediately after the incident, occupants started receiving outrageous bills arising to between N20,000 and N30,000 per flat monthly. This lasted for over a year until another analogue meter was restored to rectify the ‘crazy’ bills
The meeting, which was moderated by the station’s Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) turned awry when after commitments were made on how accumulated bills would be paid, the station’s DCO instructed the two men to be locked up in the station’s cell for trumped-up charges.
The flagrant abuse of human right and intimidation, it was alleged, was carried out on the orders of the landlady, who is notorious in the Oke-Afa, Ilamoshe Estate area for threatening residents with police arrests.