Ijeshaland comprising of six local governments in Osun State and two major towns Okemesi-Ekiti and Efon alaye in Ekiti state have been plunged into darkness by Ibadan Electricity distribution company, the company saddled with the responsibility for electricity distribution in the state.
According to a prominent Ijesha indigene who preferred to be anonymous, what triggered of this alleged “callous action” as termed by the Ijeshas started last Monday when some youths in some part of Ilesha town, the headquarters of the Ijeshas protested the arbitrary and bogus bills they were mandated to pay despite epileptic power supply.
The protest which was spontaneous did not go down well with the company.
The officials of Ibadan Electricity distribution company were irked, by what they termed the audacity and affront of the youths to protest the alleged injustice, and in bid to punish the protesters and to serve as a deterrent to other communities that may summon courage to protest such injustice, the distribution company, cut the power line not only to Ilesha where the incident occurred, but to all six local Governments occupied by the Ijeshas, namely Obokun, Oriade, Atakumosa West, Atakumosa East, Ilesha West, Ilesha East and two other towns Okemesi and Effon Alaye occupied by Ijeshas in Ekiti State.
Since the light was cut off in these communities, all business activities have been paralyzed, hospitals have been in Comatose, while business enterprises like banks, hotel and other allied businesses have been running on the scarce petroleum and costly diesel products to the detriment of the Ijesha people.
Nobody want to make any comment on the issue ,especially the traditional rulers, interestingly the Governor of the state Ogbeni Raufu Adesoji Aregbesola is a native of Ilesha.
All efforts to speak with the IBEDC electricity company proved abortive, as none of their officials at Oke Omiru along Oshogbo road Ilesha was willing to make any comment.