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Power Supply: CHRSJ To Lead Community Campaign Against IKEDC

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…Gives 21-day ultimatum to restore light back to Lagos Communities

…..Plans to picket IKEDC offices

A human rights organization,the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has concluded arrangement to lead the Lagos and Ogun State Communities on the campaign against the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) over non-restore of electricity back to some communities in the two States for a period of time now.

They have also reiterated in the campaign that some offices of the
IKEDC would be picketed after the expiration of 21- day ultimatum
given to the authority of the Electricity Distribution
Company, commending the leadership of “Where’is the light National Movement” led by Comrade Sina Odugbemi for taking the giant stride of ensuring that “there is light for all in Nigeria” through their recent campaign against darkness in the land.

They noted that the residents of the Two Storey Peculiar Estate
Community Development Association (CDA) have been experiencing epileptic power supply before the IKEDC officials totally and wickedly removed the Three Armoured Cable that supply the light to the community from their Transformer which turned the community to the total darkness.

After a meeting with the leadership of the Centre by the leaders and members of the Community led by Reverend Daramola Samuel with , Honourable Victor Adeosun and Mrs. Ikwenbe, the Chairman, Secretary and Public Relation Officer(PRO) respectively, they gave 21-day ultimatum which began from Thursday 18th of March,2021, to the management of the Electricity Distribution Company.

They added that after the expiration of the ultimatum, the rights
organization and various communities concerned would begin the
peaceful protest to picket the IKEDC offices around the area and its
head office in Ikeja.

Speaking on the development on Wednesday, Executive Chairman of the Centre, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, alleged that most officials of the IKEDC used to behave negatively to their teeming customers beyond their mecutancy.

Comrade Sulaiman accused three staff of the company described their action unfair, wickedness

Similarly, the Olakitan Community Development Association (CDA)
located at N0.30,Durodola Street, Olakitan Estate,Dabira Bus-stop,off Command,Ipaja, Lagos State,has been facing the same electricity problem like that of Two Storey Peculiar Estate Community.

Also, reporting their turbulent experience from the hand of IKEDC were ; Pa Azeez,Elder M.O. Anifowoshe and Barrister Jerry Adelegan,the Association Chairman, 2nd Chairman and General-Secretary respectively,vowing to join other communities to ensure that normalcy return to their community on power supply.

Other communities to be involved in the peaceful protest are;
“Igbogbo, Awesu/ Orere-Abosan Estate, Offin, Oreta, Baiyeku, Adamo, Araromi in Ikorodu others are John Olugbo Street, Seidu Ajibowu Street, Unity Road of Off Toyin Street in Ikeja,Meiran, Ijaiye, Abule-Egba, Tabon-Tabon, Imasayi Street, old and new Oko-Oba -Agege.

It would be recalled recently that the Centre (CHRSJ) had raised an
alarm over what it termed as illegal disconnection, irregular power
supply, crazy/estimate billing and extortion of their consumers in
Otemuyi-Adiyan area of the State by the officials of the IKEDC.

The rights group,disclosed that one Mr. Ademuyiwa Sheu Abdulkadir of N0.4, Aderesh Close,Otemuyi-Adiyan and a Taylor shop owner, Biskem Fashion Designer of N0.1, Titilade Alade,Ita-Alhaji Bus-Stop, Otemuyi-Adiyan inside,Lagos,have been the recent victims of the Electricity Distribution Company by threatening them with illegal
disconnection after obtained Pre-paid meter because the duo refused to give bribe to IKEDC officials(Mrs. Pat Mbata and her cohorts) with Phone Number:-+234 8033457801.

Also recalled that the three customers of IKEDC who were complaint of crazy Bill , extortion and illegal disconnection of their electricity at their resident in No 8, Temidire Estate, Avenue’A’, Adamo/Araromi Town ,off,Imota road, Ikorudu, were illegally arrested on frivolity,accusing the electricity providers of shortchanging their teeming customers which it could not be tolerated any more.

The rights activist stated that Alhaji Okiki Akinola and two of his sons were illegally arrested by the officials of the IKEDC attached to Ibeshe/Alogba sub- office led by one Adesanya on 25th May, 2019 and detained at Imota Police station and subsequently charged before Agbowa Magistrate Court division.

He disclosed that the three defendants were given bail on the subject matter, following the bail application of their lead Counsel,Barrister Omojuwa urging the Court to temper justice with mercy,

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