Power to the people: Enugu Electricity Company shut down as residents revolt


Residents of Awka in their thousands on Monday blocked the entrance into Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), in Awka in protest against months of blackout in some areas of the state capital.
The protesters included youths and community leaders of Agulu-Awka community who said they have not enjoyed electricity in the past six months in their area.
The protesters blocked the gate of the EEDC along Zik Avenue, and sacked all the staff and customers who had made their way to the office of the electricity company earlier.
Activities and vehicular movements along the popular Zik Avenue were disrupted as the protesters filled the road carrying placards with different inscriptions.
The branch manager of the company refused to come down to address the protesters for fear of being attacked.
Instead, one Mr. Ogunmola, an Engineer after being dragged down by security men on duty in charge of operations, threatened to deal with journalists if they dared to write anything saying: “I will tell any of you who writes any story from this incident that I’ m here on the instruction of somebody. Let anybody dare me , I will make sure you are picked up including your organisation.”

Tens of security operatives led by Chief Superintendent of police, Odumu Williams in charge of operations, the divisional police officer (DPO) in charge of central police station (CPS), A.M Ajagbe and other members of the Department of State Service (DSS) were on duty to ensure the protest did not degenerate.
Ikechukwu Okoye, former Awka South Council Chairman, however, calmed down the protesters.
Leader of the protesters, Chidozie Oforah, said the community had not had light for the past six months, despite paying their bills.
He said the situation had become unbearable for everybody.
He said that Agulu- Awka was made up of seven villages and those doing different businesses without generating sets had folded.
The councilor representing the area, Hon Chikaodi Nnonyelu, said she had spent over N200,000 buying cables that to repair the light of her people on the instruction of EEDC and yet to no avail.
She said the transformers being used today in the area were donated by Senator Ben Ndi- Obi and former Governor Peter Obi. Hon. Nonyelum said that despite what she had done on her own which was the duty of EEDC, it has not shown any form of appreciation and accused the office of playing pranks.

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