Electricity: Activist backs plan action against Electric Distribution Companies


      ….As World Press Conference holds Wednesday

A human rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman has thrown his weight behind the planned action against the Electric Distribution Companies of Nigeria by the human rights and pro-democracy activists called “WHERE’STHELIGHT”, just as they slated World Press Conference
to tomorrow (Wednesday) to be held at International Press Centre (IPC), Diedeolu Estate, Ogba, Lagos State.

They stated that the group (“WHERE’STHELIGHT”) would fight what it
termed as crazy bill, illegal extortion of consumers and poor supply of electricity to the Nigeria masses, noting that the Discos and Genco had made life unbearable to the masses of the Country due to epileptic
power supply to their Consumers.

Speaking after the inaugural meeting of the group of activists (“WHERE’STHELIGHT”) held at Chamber Hall of  Falana and Falana located at Adekunle Fajuyi way,Ladipo Bus Stop, along Oshodi Express way,GRA,
Ikeja, penultimate Thursday, Comrade Sulaiman who doubles as Executive
Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), maintained that no fewer than representatives of over forty-five
groups would attend the World Press Conference on Wednesday.

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The groups include; Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Human and Environmental Development Agenda(HEDA), Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), Concerned Nigerians (CN), Progressives Volunteers, Mofoluku Electricity Consumers Forum, Centre for Constitutional Rights and
Counter Corruption Crusader, Save Lagos Group(SLG) ,The Conscience Mainstream(TMG),African Masses Voices for Survival (AMVS),The Christians Youths for the Peoples’ Rights and Development(CYPRD),Islamic Movement for Muslims’ Rights(IMMR),Divine Nigerians Liberators for Peoples’ Fundamental Rights(DNLPFR).

Others were; The Christian Awareness Mission Group(CAMG),Passengers
Fundamental Rights Group(PATRGIA),The Political Awareness Group (TIPAG),Centre for Social Justice and Equity of
Nigeria(CESJEN),Veteran Groups for Operation Clean Crusade(VGOCC),Apata-Aiyeraye Social Political Volunteer Group(ASPVG) and De-Mainstream Independent Group(DIG).

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He stressed that upon recent hike in electricity tariffs; Nigeria masses could still not boast of uninterrupted power supply from the distribution companies (Discos), recalling the recent announcement of
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), that Nigeria would witness the hike in electricity tariff.

Sulaiman added that the recent high tariff of electricity was not justifiable because no improvement in power supply to justify such an outrageous increment, adding that the action was to provoke Nigeria masses that are billed to pay more.

He further stressed that part of the press conference agenda were to received the reports of the Community Development Societies (CDS) and consumers would bring forward to share their ugly experience of
epileptic power supply during the press conference.

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.

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The rights activist stated that Alhaji Okiki Akinola with Phone Number- 08037066249 and two of his sons were illegally arrested by the officials of the IKEDC attached to Ibeshe/Alogba sub- office led by
one Adesanya with phone number-08034819107 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 with Phone Number-08142107078, urging the Court to
temper justice with mercy,

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