Ebute-meta residents lament outage, mass disconnection
Residents of Ebute-meta West, popularly called ‘Apapa Road’, have accused the management of Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDC) of embarking on illegal disconnection by using the area boys and security agents armed to teeth.
The residents said despite an agreement reached with the electricity distribution firm on how bills would be paid monthly pending when prepaid meters will be supplied, on two occasions, the power distribution company invaded their community with area boys, policemen from Iponrin police division and men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to carry out mass disconnection.
It was gathered that in the melee that ensued between residents and EKEDC officials and to further prevent breakdown of law and order, it took the intervention of the chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government Area, Mrs. Omolola Essien, who put a call through to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Iponrin police division, before the policemen were withdrawn.
Speaking on the development, Mr. Seun Williams, said: “the firm invaded our community like an army of occupation with three truckloads of armed policemen and even engaged area boys. We challenged their impunity and I told the business manager and the police that the council chairman remains the chief security officer of the local government.
“We called the chairman, Mrs. Omolola Essien, who swiftly responded by calling the DPO and a team of the local government led by the Secretary to the Local Government (SLG) arrived at the scene. At several occasions, the community and EKEDC had agreed that until prepaid meters are supplied to every homes, there will be no disconnection, but to our greatest surprise, EKEDC started billing us N10,000, monthly with no step taken to supply us the prepaid meters. What is the income of an average resident that we will be billed N10,000 monthly, for services not rendered”.
However, efforts to get the reaction of EKEDC proved abortive, as calls and messages sent to the Director of Communication, Godwin Idemudia, were not returned.
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