Silent in the face of injustice they said is an injustice itself. This might have triggered the people of Ogolonto community in Ikorodu to break silence over the outrageous electicity charges by Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).
The residents who stormed IKEDC undertaking office of 92B, Isawo Road, Owutu, Ikorodu, in the early hours of Friday, protested against estimated billing and outrageous charges which they described as “crazy bills”.
A letter submitted to the electricity distribution company reads in part “we wish to register our displeasure with the constant, repressive and repulsive electricity bills that your Undertaking had been serving the resident of our community.”.
According to the letter made available to BreezeReporters, the communities stated that they; Totally reject the electricity bills of June 2018 in its entirety and will not pay and demanded the immediate distribution of pre-paid electric meters to all consumers in the community.
They further demanded pending resolution of the matters above, no official of the establishment should come and conduct any “illegal disconnection of electricity supply in the community, stressing that they do not want to be ”provoked”.
BreezeReporters gathered that the whole community had met and concluded that electricity bills for the month of June 2018 be returned and dumped at the Undertaking office to show that they meant business
They also said that until the issues above are fully resolved, they advise that the Undertaking personal stay away from provoking the ”peace-loving” community.
While speaking with BreezerReporters, Comrade Asoro Abubakri Olatunji, the Legal Adviser to the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ikorodu West, who was one of those who led protest urged the Federal Government to expedite action in the distribution of prepaid meter and estimated billing should be criminalised as proposed by the National Assembly.
The leaders of the protesters which include Chief Samuel Owaseye, Mr S.O Sobande, Mr Akunreti Sunday and Mrs Aghante Darlington later went into a meeting with the management. The staffs of the IKEDC present at the meeting include Mr Udoh Sunday (Chief Securriy Officer IKEDC Ikorodu) Mr Adebayo (PRO for Ikorodu Division) Mrs Sanni (Undertaken Manager), Mr Isaiq and Mrs Tawakalt.
The affected communities comprises of Ogolonto Street, Adedeji Odubote Street, Aiyegbajeje Street, Oremeji Street, Abejoye Street, Wharf Road, Agbor Street, Akinreti Street, Famade Dede Street, Ilori Street, Ajaguna Street, Oshodi Street, etc.