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Suspected hoodlums attack Radio Nigeria station in Ibadan

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• Destroy cars, property
• Investigations ongoing, say police
• Residents protest irregular power supply
• Accuse IBEDC of exploitation

No fewer than 12 suspected hoodlums, at the weekend, attacked Radio Nigeria station called Amuludun 99.1 FM in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The reason for the invasion has not been revealed. Sources said the gunmen were armed with cutlasses, machete, axes and other dangerous weapons.

It was gathered from some of the workers of the radio station that the hoodlums destroyed some property worth millions of naira during the invasion.

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Among the property destroyed included windows of offices, office equipment, cars and other property. General Manager, Amuludun FM, Mr. Niyi Dahunsi, confirmed the invasion. He, however, said that security agents had been mobilised to prevent further attacks on the station.

MEANWHILE, Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the invasion. In a statement made available to journalists by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Adewale Osifeso, the police said investigations had commenced on the attack.

IN another development, residents of Ibadan, yesterday, staged a peaceful protest against irregular power supply by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

The residents accused the electricity distribution company of exploitation. The protest, which started at Eleta Community High School, saw no fewer than 40 communities participating in it.

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Some of the protesters from Ibadan South East Local Council condemned mass disconnection from the source of electricity supply and equally sensitised the residents against what they called injustice.

The protest attracted representatives of Coalition of Affordable and Regular Electricity (CARE), Abiodun Bamigboye and Olaniyi Abdulwasiu, among others.

Abdulwasiu alleged that the IBEDC had disregarded the pending suit at Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, filed by over 40 different communities in Ibadan South-East.

He alleged that IBEDC refused to maintain the status quo and embarked on mass disconnection of thousands of electricity consumers in the council area. He then demanded cancellation of all questionable accumulated debts based on estimated billing before the installation of prepaid meters, cancellation of electricity consumers under different categories of bands. He urged the power company to comply with the NERC judgment.

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