Over N183,000 has been said to be the electricity bill owed by occupants of Director General, Edo State Civil Society, Omobude Agho’s residence in Benin.
This was made public after Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, cut off energy supply to the residence(pictured right) located at Okhoro axis during a disconnection exercise around Ugbowo Business unit in Benin City last Wednesday.
A breakdown of the debt profile of customers in the flats were as follows; N49,344, N54, 424.67 and N79,361.08, all totaling over N183,000.00.
It was also alleged that the customers bypassed meters and were stealing electricity.
But the disconnection of Ombude’s residence was said to have enraged him to the point that he allegedly became unruly.
Sources said the civil society DG, mobilised thugs to attack officials of BEDC, including Business Manager, Ugbowo, business unit, Mr. Agron Kanbari and Head, Distribution, Engr. Francis Iyayi, who came out to monitor activities of the disconnection teams.
“BEDC officials were lucky to escape unhurt but had to leave behind disconnected service wires from Omobude’s residence in their possession,” OrijoReporter was told.
It was further gathered that Omobude took the fight to BEDC’s Ugbowo Business Unit office at Textile-Mill Road the following day. He led tens of hundreds of people to protest and disrupt activities in the distribution company’s office.
However, Agron Kambari, Business Manager, Ugbowo business unit in a telephone interview told our correspondent that he was undaunted by the civil society DG’s intimidation.
He accused Omobude of not leading by example.
“This customer is giving a very bad message to all the others. He is calling very openly customers in the public not to pay electricity bills and to do bypass.
“We will continue to monitor and control this customer, but let it be known that illegal reconnection is a crime punishable under the laws of Nigeria,” Agron said.
Our correspondent’s efforts to hear Omobude’s side at the time of publication were futile.
Recently the umbrella body of Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, said that about 70% of electricity consumers in Nigeria, do not pay their bills.
They said most consumers did not see electricity as a commodity they must pay for, adding that debtor customers are fond of attacking their workers when their energy supplies are disconnected.