Residents of Ayetoro-Itele area of Ado Odo-Ota, Ogun State, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the fraudulent activities of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) over separate and special account consumers in the area paid their electricity bills. The residents made a peaceful protest over the weekend shortly after its monthly community meeting, saying that the IKEDC has failed to make bills available to the residents over a year.
The residents disclosed that in Isokan-Iliwo community, IKEDC connected 700 houses with electricity but failed to make bills available to the residents, stating that instead of the bill, IKEDC came up with a special Zenith Bank account No: 1012998314 where consumers were asked to be paying their monthly bills into. They chorused that after six months of protest over the special account where residents paid N3,000 on monthly basis, IKEDC made 150 bills available to the consumers. They said: “150 residents received bills and pay directly to IKEDC account why 550 consumers paid into the special account made available to the residents. Now, IKEDC has put off the light with the excuse that all residents are owing the company huge debt.” “The records of connected residents are available with the company. Before any house gets connected with electricity, the electric company approved their forms. Why has it failed to provide bills rather than asking residents to pay into a private account instead of the company account,” they said. They added: “Enough is enough, we can’t continue with this any longer, IKEDC should make bills available to all residents and also make pre-paid metres available to us.”
However, Chairman, Isokan-Iliwo Community, Mr. Owolabi Salako, why pacifying the residents said “we approached Ikeja distribution for the over two weeks black-out but no concrete excuse was giving. He explained to the residents that IKEDC switched off the electricity on a false claim that residents of the community owes over N5million debt, saying: “We told the company that we cannot accept that method of punishment, all residents who are given bills pay while the rest do not receive bills, rather they were given a private account to pay in the sum of N3,000 monthly. “