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BYO Coordinator Writes Ikeja Electric After Disconnection Over N500 Debt

Comrade Abdulwaheed Odunuga, Lagos State Coordinator of the Buhari Youths Organisation has written an open letter to Ikeja Electric PLC. disco after officials of the distribution disconnect his power supply over N519.89k debt.

Waheed, in a letter addressed to the the Chief Operating Officer, Ikeja Electric, Mr. Anthony Youdeowei on Wednesday April 18, accused officials of the company of deliberately disconnecting him and other customers who are not owing with the intent to collect N2,000 ‘bribe’ as reconnection fee.

He called on Youdeowei to use your good office , to prevail on the officers – ‘especially those at Alapere- Ketu Undertaking and Somolu Business District’ to immediately reconnect the affected customers, tender an official apology and to desist from this illegal , criminal and callous actions without any reasonable justification in expectation of bribes.

See his letter below.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF IKEJA ELECTRIC PLC.

Mr. Anthony Youdeowei
The Chief Operating Officer,
Ikeja Electric PLC.
Obafemi Awolowo Way,
Ikeja, Lagos.

Dear Sir,

COMPLAINT AGAINST OFFICERS OF IKEJA ELECTRIC PLC, KETU- ALAPERE UNDERTAKING OF ILLEGAL DISCONNECTION OF ELECTRICITY TO EXTORT RESIDENTS WHICH MAY LEAD TO BREAKDOWN OF LAW AND ORDER.

I here by wish to lodge a complaint against the field men, officers and marketers of Ikeja Electric PLC, Ketu undertaking whose office is at Doyin Omololu Street, Alapere- Ketu. The officers lead by one Engr. Kayode have made it an habit of disconnecting electricity to my flat and some neighbours when we don’t owe just to ensure that they collect the sum of Two thousands naira (N2,000) as bribe. They do this on regular basis to me and several neighbours of mine who are helpless.

Sometimes in January 18 and March 25, 2018, I came back from work to discover that electricity supply to my flat had been disconnected despite the fact that I didn’t owe electricity charges. This also happened to my neighbours and other people in my neighbourhood. I lodged several complaints to Ikeja Electric Plc through all available channels to no avail, complaints were also lodged to the Undertaken Manager, Somolu Business Manager and the Divisional Police Officer, Alapere. When we visited the Undertaking office at Doyin Omololu street, Alapere and presented our bills which showed I and some neighbours are not owing electricity charges that could justify disconnection, the officer in charge one told us that they had to disconnect to our flat because some neighbours owed electricity charges and the only way to ensure payment is to disconnect electricity supply to all the flats including those who didn’t owe electricity charges despite each flat having it own separate cables. Eventually they collected Two thousands naira cash (unreceipted) each from my neighbours who didn’t owe, as reconnection fee. This was totally unacceptable uncalled for, criminal and callous because there was no basis for disconnection in the first place.

This callous and criminal action of the officers enraged me and other affected persons, but being law abiding citizens, we chose not to be aggressive or violent during their operations. The operation by which they disconnected electricity supply to flats and people who didn’t owe with the intention of collecting N2,000 bribe was callous, insensitive and capable of leading to breakdown of law and order.

Again, on Tuesday , April 17, 2018, the same men of Ikeja Electric PLC, Ketu Alapere Undertaking, stormed Agboyi Road and in the reckless, arbitrary and insensitive manner disconnected electricity supply to my flat and other flats when we didn’t owe electricity charges. They did this without disconnection notice or listening to people around explaining that my flat and some flats didn’t owe electricity charges with the intention of collecting bribe of N2,000 each from each flat.

It is important to state that the last bill to my flat was delivered on Saturday , 14 April, 2018 and the charges thereon for the month of March, 2018 is N519.89k (Five hundred and nineteen naira, eighty nine Kobo). I attached herewith a copy of my last bill for your easy reference and had a grace period to pay this bill at the time they disconnected my and by this they are not entitled to disconnect electricity supply to my flat in line with National Electricity Regulatory Commission Guidelines. Some of my neighbours suffered the same cruel fate from the hands of men of Ikeja Electric. This was done to ensure that we pay Two Thousand Naira (N2,000) reconnection fees each to them.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Ikeja Electric PLC, this is a clarion call to use your good office , to prevail on your officers to immediately reconnect the affected people, tender an official apology and prevail on your officers especially those at Alapere- Ketu Undertaking and Somolu Business District to desist from this illegal , criminal and callous actions without any reasonable justification in expectation of bribes. I expect an immediately resolution of this issue to avoid avoidable actions (within the armpit of the law) against Ikeja Electric PLC.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully

Comrade Abdulwaheed Odunuga

Cc:

Ikeja Electric PLC

Adeyemi Olalemi

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