Benin dis­tri­bu­tion coy as­saults cus­tomers over elec­tric­ity bill

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

A group, the Edo State Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tions (CSOs) is set for a show­down with the Benin Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (BEDC) over al­leged as­sault on one In­no­cent Ok­para on the or­der of an ex­pa­tri­ate work­ing with the firm.

A state­ment signed by the spokesper­son of the CSOs, Com­rade Osazee Edi­gin, said, “Two weeks ago, the BEDC dis­con­nected a Nige­rian by the name In­no­cent Ok­para while the ex­pa­tri­ate work­ing with them or­dered mil­i­tary per­son­nel at­tached to him to as­sault him be­cause he re­quested to have hold of his ca­bles. We re­ceived In­no­cent’s pe­ti­tion in our of­fice, and the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties were con­tacted to get jus­tice for him… We view this as op­pres­sion which must not be al­lowed to stand. We are call­ing on all our CSOs to be ready be­cause BEDC should be made to know that power be­longs to the peo­ple.”

Re­spond­ing, BEDC’s Head of Me­dia, Adekunle Tayo, said in a state­ment that no­body was as­saulted, that Ok­para was dis­con­nected for owing over N80,000 yet he kept re­con­nect­ing him­self il­le­gally to the net­work with­out sort­ing out the debt.

He said the En­force­ment Team led by one of the USAID part­ners went to his lo­ca­tion and dis­cov­ered that he was il­le­gally con­nected, adding that he was dis­con­nected with­out re­sis­tance.

“He came back say­ing that his ser­vice wire should be re­turned to him and that the white men (USAID of­fi­cials) had no right to hold to it. The ser­vice wire is usu­ally taken away for safety rea­son and to serve as de­ter­rent and is a pol­icy po­si­tion of BEDC,” Tayo said.

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